Release Date: May 19 2008 | Series: Kidsboro Series (Book 1)
An election for Kidsboro mayor sets off a Battle for Control. After Ryans vote leads to a rebel getting booted from Kidsboro, the most popular girl at Odyssey Middle School wont be stopped in her campaign against him.
Marshal Younger is producer for Focus on the Family's audio drama Adventures in Odyssey, a show for which he has written more than 100 episodes. He is the author of several children's novels and has served as writer/producer of innovative projects such as Treasure of the Incas CD-ROM game and Answer That! Adventures in Odyssey DVD game. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Stephanie, their son and three daughters.
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After listening to the Kidsboro three-part audio album, I just had to buy the first book! First of all I'd like to say that it had many parts in it that were hilarious! Especially the parts with a boy named Scott who wanted to be a detective (Scott wasn't in the Kidsboro audio episodes). If you have listened to the Kidsboro audio episodes then when you first start reading this book it will begin the same as in the audio episodes but then as you continue reading it you realize that actually it's a very different story with practically the same start. It did mention: Church, The Ten Commandments, and having Morals, Although these words: Bible, Jesus, and God were not actually mentioned in the book you could tell it was what was behind the story although the lessons and morals were not declared as loud and clear as in the Kidsboro audio episodes. as for the language in this book: the worse that was ever uttered would have been: Jerk, Quack, and Goofy. this book had great moments in it, Both emotional and funny, You care about the characters and wonder how it's going to turn out and the "Who did it? and Why?" Goes around in your head throughout the book. When the book ends although everything is going to be fine they still leave something unresolved... I guess that's so you will read the next book. the book was as I recall: 113 pages long. If you have listened to any Adventures in Odyssey or the Kidsboro Episodes you will have a much better idea of what the characters in the book are like. All in all, this book was pretty good. The main part in the book that I thought might be objectionable would have been the part with this mean kid who was trying to make some kids throw up because they owed him Kidsboro money and they signed a contract that if they didn't pay back he would choose payment and then he would try and make them throw up. (This is not what the whole book is like this just this one part that might be objectionable) They made it seem like Ryan (the main character) couldn't do anything about it because they had signed a contract... Which is most certainly not true! If something like that happens you don't just walk away, You get a grownup to help or a parent. But other than that it was actually a very entertaining and funny and even at times enthralling book.Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 starsMy 9-year old son says 4 1/2 stars ...June 15 2008
By ColoradoDreamin - Published on Amazon.com
... and here were his thoughts: "It was a cool book. The challenges the kids ran into trying to create their own town were really interesting. It was fun to try and figure out the mysteries in it, and how the story would turn out."
As his Dad, I enjoyed reading this book together as well. It lays out real-world consequences of the choices we make in a way that tweens can understand and appreciate. We're looking forward to reading the second, thrid and fourth ones in the series.
4.0 out of 5 starskidsboro book 1Feb. 8 2011
By Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Not bad. I only read it because I LOVE Adventures in Odyssey. It isn't anything like the first kidsboro episode from AIO but it's still really good. I'd recommend it for 7-12 year old kids I'd recommend Adventures in Odyssey for ages 6-17. THEY ARE REALLY GOOD! :)