The Crimson Five are headed to the Piedmont Global Championships in Quebec, where they'll compete against the best inventor teams in the world. Kia and her New York teammates are excited to share a new amazing invention but they're blind-sided with another task to solve, with just two weeks to do it!
As the team struggles with a lack of creativity, rumors leave The Crimson Five questioning everything about each other. Kia knows she and her team must come together like never before in order to win a coveted spot on the Swirl and Spark Creativity Tour, but tragedy threatens to derail all that they've built.
The Crimson Five are together again.
Because sometimes it takes a whole team to help you see things clearly.
About the Author
Jackie Yeager is a middle grade author whose stories inspire children to think more, work hard, and dream big. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and spent several years coaching Odyssey of the Mind, where her team once-upon-a-time competed at the World Finals. She lives in Rochester, NY with her real life prince charming and two royally amazing teens. When she’s not writing imaginative middle grade fiction or living in her own fairly-tale world, she can be found conducting creative problem solving/writing workshops for kids and blogging at www.swirlandspark.com. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kia and her team from New York, the Crimson Five, made it through Nationals. Now they are on their way to the Piedmont Global Championships in Quebec. There they will compete against other kids just like them, inventors and problem solvers from around the world. But when they arrive, the team is presented with a new task that they must solve, and in only two weeks. When lack of inspiration and nasty rumors leave the team with doubts. Kia knows that they will have to do something to bring them all back together before it is too late or they will lose the competition. This was a very entertaining story about a group of five very creative and intelligent young people as they compete for the chance to have their invention created. Kia is the main character of this story, but in reality, it follows all five of her team members. These kids are very bright for their age, but they are still young children so they have doubts, and worries and fears. I loved the ideas and the inventions the Crimson Five and the other teams came up with. I wish I had read book one beforehand in order to know more about their first invention, but despite that fact, I was still able to follow along. The settings were very imaginative and intriguing. Their tree-houses were very creative, as well as the thinking pool. Though I wish I had been able to know how to get across those jungle gym bars. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and would give it four out of five stars. I would recommend it to young readers with a love for invention. I received my copy of this novel from Librarything.com for the sole purpose of providing an honest review. The image featured above is my own. stephanietiner.weebly.com
I love this book!! I read the first book and fell in love. I counted down the days till this book came out. This book was as good as the first. When I finally read it I was not disappointed. I recommend reading the first book, then this one.
I did not read the first book in this series and had little problems diving into the story with book two. It did, however, take a few pages to get a hold on the characters and situation. So, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series even if it's not completely necessary. Imagination, team work and determination make this a read packed with great things for the middle grade audience. The Crimson Five are back again, this time heading to Quebec to take part in the next level of the science/invention competition. Not only do the five face unexpected challenges, but soon uncover somethings which make them question several things about themselves and the competition. This book is solidly written for the intended age group. The writing, vocabulary, character interactions, scenes and problems fit the age slot perfectly and never risk going over board. Each of the five kids demonstrates a distinct personality, making sure that readers will find at least one they can easily identify with. The kids have thoughts and problems which are easy to relate to, and the book is sprinkled with words of wisdom and good messages which inspire team work, friendship, determination, and inspiration. The story takes place on a future Earth which lets imagination flow while still keeping close enough to our modern world to keep everything familiar. There's a mixture of imagination, science, math, arts, and cultures which creates a well rounded read. A little more exactness in the science area would have been nice, considering this is a science competition, but it's still an enjoyable read. There's a hint of something dark and sinister lurking in the background, but it's never really made clear what the evil intentions are...something which promises excitement for the books to come. All in all, this is a nice futuristic and wholesome read. There are many great messages in these pages, while keeping the story exciting yet never too harsh for the age group. I received a complimentary copy and found it such a nice read that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.