Secret Kingdom #3: Cloud Island

Secret Kingdom #3: Cloud Island

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by Rosie Banks
     
 

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Enter a magical world full of friendship and fun!

Ellie, Summer, and Jasmine are thrilled to be visiting Cloud Island, a fluffy wonderland high in the sky over the Secret Kingdom.

But wicked Queen Malice has hidden a nasty thunderbolt among the cloud bunnies and cotton candy fields. If the girls can't find it, Cloud Island will be torn apart for good!

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Enter a magical world full of friendship and fun!

Ellie, Summer, and Jasmine are thrilled to be visiting Cloud Island, a fluffy wonderland high in the sky over the Secret Kingdom.

But wicked Queen Malice has hidden a nasty thunderbolt among the cloud bunnies and cotton candy fields. If the girls can't find it, Cloud Island will be torn apart for good!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Gilbreath
Ellie, Summer, and Jasmine are normal elementary school girls, except they have a very important job: they help King Merry of the Secret Kingdom keep his subjects safe from his jealous sister, the evil Queen Malice. Queen Malice has decided to target Cloud Island, and the girls must help Trixi the pixie and the weather imps on Cloud Island. Queen Malice and her Storm Sprites have decided to break Cloud Island in half, and that means the island cannot make new clouds! Together, the weather imps, King Merry, Trixi, and the girls use cotton candy, some very helpful birds, and a little ingenuity to outsmart Queen Malice. The “Secret Kingdom” series, of which this book is a part, is very similar to the “Rainbow Magic” books, and young girls who enjoy those might enjoy this series. The illustrations are a welcome addition to the book, and add an extra bit of whimsy to an otherwise poor story. The book is very predictable, and the writing is stilted. There is never any real suspense, and there is a large focus on specific details in the story, such as the color of Jasmine’s bedroom, and the fact that all three of the girls wear tiaras when they go to the Secret Kingdom. Attention to these details detracts from the story itself, and happens frequently in the book. The book may still be appealing to young girls, particularly those who are interested in fairy and princess stories similar to the “Rainbow Magic” series, but “Rainbow Magic” and the “Disney Fairies” books would be a better choice for a collection. Not recommended. Reviewer: Sarah Gilbreath; Ages 7 to 10.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545535557
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Series:
Secret Kingdom Series , #3
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
391,348
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Rosie Banks spent her childhood dreaming of magical creatures and faraway places, so it was natural that she grew up to write a series of stories where such dreams came true! As a child, her ultimate ambition was to ride a unicorn. She hasn't managed that yet, but she does have a pony named Flip and cute puppies named Moony and Max.

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Secret Kingdom #3: Cloud Island 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this series, I was afraid it would be too much like the book I have been working on since age 4 ( I am twelve now, and have improved it but never finished it) called Carrie of Dremclod. It is about Carrie, an ordinary girl who doesn't see how she contributes to the world. As it says in the beginning, "If my life were a superhero movie, my siblings would be the heroes and I would be Screaming Girl #17." But then, she gets transported into another world called Dremclod, which she has been chosen to rule. Awesome stuff happens, blah blah blah, cliffhanger for Book 2, the end. When I finish and publish it, you will recognize the plot. Anyway, the title of this book made me think it would be too Dremclodian. Secret Kingdom? Three girls with crowns? Unicorns? I worried that I would never be able to publish my book. Then I read book one. The idea was good, the writing was bad. Too childish for a twelve year old with a twelfth grade reading level. Nothing like Dremclod, where Carrie travels by daydream. These kids travel by pixie. Carrie of Dremclod will be a dark but sixth grade friendly book. The troubles in this book are too childish. Not only that, but the evil queen has no motive in this! The bad guy in my story, Morgora, has a brilliant backstory. She was an ordinary girl, her family was killed by Nightmonsters. She swore revenge, and when she was given the chance to rule Dremclod, she eagerly took it, expecting imminent revenge. But the Mages, who trained her, said that instead of killing the Nightmonsters, she should turn them onto their side. Morgora soon encountered a baby Nightmonster, almost killed it, but changed her mind and turned them on Dremclod. Dremclod won the battle, but Morgora regrouped and at the end of the series, there will be another Battle of Dremclod. Queen Malice is just bitter because she didnt get the throne. Again, good idea, badly written. Madame Banks should improve it. -A Fellow Authoress
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My nieces can't get enough of these books. They each have a set so they don't have to share. I don't think they want to have to share these books!