Spin the Golden Light Bulb

Spin the Golden Light Bulb

by Jackie Yeager


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ISBN-13: 9781944995447
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Series: The Crimson Five , #1
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 1,211,349
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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.

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Spin the Golden Light Bulb 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TMeechan More than 1 year ago
My kids loved this book. They talked about it so much that I read it too. They were right. It was terrific. A great story - so imaginative and great lessons for all of us. Loved seeing kids focused on a common goal, struggling to find their groove as a team and learning as much about each other as they do about themselves. I loved that it was a definite page turner and kept you engaged the entire time. The kids got Dad to read it too. He was surprised how much he enjoyed it too. This is great for anyone. I promise, it's not just a kids book!
SchizanthusNerd More than 1 year ago
Be Curious. Be Creative. Be Collaborative. Be Colourful. Be Courageous. Spin the Golden Light Bulb is Jackie Yeager’s debut novel. I’ve been having lots of luck finding brilliant debut novels recently and this middle grade novel is no exception. Jackie Yeager takes us on a journey to 2071, where people travel by aero-car and kids are referred to at school by their number, not name. Kia Krumpet’s number is 718, she has an ex-best friend and no one at her school, Crimson Elementary School, has ever won a Golden Light Bulb in the Piedmont Challenge. If Kia doesn’t secure one of the coveted Piedmont Challenge positions, she won’t be able to enrol in her dream school, Piedmont Inventors Prep School (PIPS). Instead, she’ll face programming like everyone else, and she can’t imagine anything worse. Programming determines which one of six academic categories sixth graders will study for the next six years - Art Forms, Communication, Earth and Space, Human History, New Technology, and Math. Kia has dreamed of attending PIPS since discovering her Grandma Kitty won the first Piedmont Challenge. Kia has a list of 67 inventions she wants to create but unless she is successful in gaining entry to PIPS she’ll never have the chance. I loved so many things about this book: * The fact that the main character is a young girl who strives to be given the opportunity to attend the school of her dreams * Being smart is a good thing! * Being good at more than one academic area is a great thing! * While academics is really important, so is character and creativity! * It’s okay to be passionate about anything - inventing, mechanics, art, whatever you love * The creativity of all of the inventions described is wonderful and makes your brain smile * The kids, especially funny, loyal and forgiving Anders * Learning to be a good friend, family relationships, loyalty, teamwork, forgiveness, working hard and having fun are all explored * Nacho Cheese Ball. I guarantee you’ll want to try this sport when you read about it * The writing style. I found myself slipping into this world very easily and found the characters interesting and relatable, and the plot engaging * The illustrations. Gabrielle Esposito has really captured the essence of the book in her illustrations. They’re fun, imaginative and correspond well with what’s happening in the chapters. My only real grumble with this book is that the separation of tasks whilst making the set piece and costumes was so clichéd. The girls made the costumes and the boys made the set piece. I had some hope when Mare knew about the best types of wood to use because of her experience with her father’s constructions work, but when it came time to build and work on the mechanics of their project it was a job for the boys. I came away from reading this book wanting to strive to achieve my goals (and to believe in myself while I’m working towards them), to be a better friend, to have more fun and to add Jackie Yeager to my ‘read this author’s next book regardless of the blurb’ list. The way this book ends leaves plenty of room for a sequel, which I’d be very interested in getting my hands on. Favourite sentence: “Being courageous is the opposite of what it means to conform.” (28%) I received a copy of this book from NetGalley (thank you so much to NetGalley and Amberjack Publishing for the opportunity) in exchange for honest feedback.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kia , the heroine of the story has an opportunity to get into the school of her dreams if only she can win the Golden Lightbulb. Her grandmother did it and she hopes she can to despite coming from a school that is viewed with some disdain and not considered a contender. She and the other members of the team must learn to work together to meet the challenge and solve the problems that they encounter. These are good lessons for middle grade students to read about. Kia is not perfect, she has difficulty with friendships and getting to know people. She demonstrates what it means to persevere and not be daunted and how to handle different challenges in interpersonal relationships. Something many young people who read this book will be able to identify with. My only wish is that the story had moved along a little faster but that is a personal preference otherwise I recommend it. I received this book from #netgalley in exchange for an honest review.