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The Jupiter Chronicles Review

I love having books to review and even better when the book is one I can read with my kid. The Jupiter Chronicles is one of the best books I have read with my kids.

The Jupiter Chronicles The Secret of The Great Red Spot is written by Leonardo Ramirez.

A little Synopsis taken from the website:

 It is the year 1892 and Ian and Callie Castillo have had to suffer the hardships of a single parent family since their father went missing five years ago. Since then Ian has refused to use the last gift that his father left the wounded boy; a telescope that sits collecting dust in the attic. When Callie decides to peer through its murky lens it activates the device and sends the Castillos to the steam-powered floating cities of Jupiter to rescue their father and save the Jovians before the Martians launch their attack. What follows is the beginning of an era that will forever be known by its strange name…Steampunk.

This book is very awesome. Yeah I know I am sounding like my 9 and 6 year old using the word awesome but when they described it using the word “awesome” there is no better word I could come up with to describe this story. I found the timing for reading this book to be great because in this book it mentions Nikola Tesla and my 9 year old daughter is studying Tesla for homeschool. She thought it pretty neat that the book mentioned him.

You know you have a winning book on your hands when your kids don’t want you to stop reading.  I was trying to stop on chapter 9 so I could cook dinner.  “Mom just read to chapter 10 then it will be on an even number.”  said my 9 year old daughter.  Which really meant hey mom you know you want to read just one more chapter too.  They are right I did.  I didn’t want to stop either.  We all could have finished the book that day if it wasn’t late and time for dinner.  As I ended for the day my 6 year old said “Awe mom!”  The kids got up the next morning and finished their school work very quickly just so we could finish the book.

Not only did my kids gets swept away into this imaginary land but I did as well.  Our imaginations ran wild as we continued to read.  What would happen when they landed on Jupiter?  Who would they find?  My daughter was pretty good in guessing what would happen next. I really don’t want to give away anything about the book more that what is written above in the Synopsis because you really want to read this book without knowing too much.  It really helps your kids imagination grow.

After reading the book the kids wanted to draw pictures right away.  They both drew pictures of what they thought a Doomslayer would look like and also what Stinky Frank would look like:

This one is drawn by 9 year old daughter:


This one is drawn by my 6 year old son:

I know the kids and I can’t wait until the next book in the series comes out.  So what can you do after you have read this “awesome” book? You can enter the art contest below and maybe have your child’s artwork featured in the next book!  My kid’s art above was featured on the website here.

Here’s a chance for your child to enter the Leonardoverse: Kids Original Art Contest.  After reading the first chapter in the Jupiter Chronicles series, The Secret of the Great Red Spot, your child may choose their favorite character (my daughter’s is Stinky Frank) and create their own interpretation of the character.
If chosen, their masterpiece will appear in the next book, The Ice Orphan of Ganymede.

This contest is open for kids grades 1-5 only!

To submit an entry, scan the image into a .JPG format. E-mail the file to with the child’s name, grade, school name and city/county.

All entries must be submitted by midnight on April 15, 2013. Please visit this LINK for rules and regulations. The contest starts now!

–Paper Mache
–Photograph/s in Steampunk or Victorian era garb

The winners will have their art featured in the book and on the website.

So are you ready to read this “awesome” book?  You can find it on Amazon for $12.69.  Show the writer some love too by following his Facebook and Twitter.   Also let others know about his contest!

Let me know if you read this book because I would love to hear what you all thought of it.

*Note this is my honest opinion of the book above.  I was not paid for my review of this book. I was however given a digital copy for review purposes only.






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