Novels for the Minecraft Fan in Your Life! #Review & #Giveaway

*I received review copies, all opinions are a 100% my own.  No other compensation was provided.
My son will be finishing up first grade this year and what a successful year it has been.  One of his many achievements this year has been learning to read.  It is incredible how much he has learned, and It isn't always easy being a homeschool mom, having to balance the fun and learning.  I am always looking for materials to encourage and motivate him.  Recently I got review copies of two great Minecraft adventure novels, and these have been novels for my little Minecraft fan.

Two great unofficial Minecrafter's Adventure novels are recommended for age 7+.  Escape from the Overworld by Danica Davidson and The Quest for the Diamond Sword by Winter Morgan is exactly what I needed to remind my son that reading is fun.
The Quest for the Diamond Sword by Winter Morgan was the first novel we read together and my son absolutely loved it.  One of his first chapter books and he didn't want to stop reading.

"Steve lives on a wheat farm. He has everything he needs to live in the Minecraft world: a bed, a house, and food. Steve likes to spend his mornings in the NCP village and trade his wheat for emeralds, armor, books, swords, and food. One morning, he finds that Zombies have attacked the villagers. The Zombies have also turned the village blacksmith into a Zombie, leaving Steve without a place to get swords. To protect himself and the few villagers that remain, Steve goes on a quest to mine for forty diamonds, which are the most powerful mineral in the Overworld. He wants to craft these diamonds into a diamond sword to shield him and the villagers from the Zombies.
Far from his home, with night about to set in, Steve fears for his life. Nighttime is when users are most vulnerable in Minecraft. As he looks for shelter in a temple, he meets a trio of treasure hunters, Max, Lucy, and Henry, who are trying to unearth the treasure under the temple. Steve tells them of his master plan to mine for the most powerful mineral in the Overworld—the diamond. The treasure hunters are eager to join him. Facing treacherous mining conditions, a thunderstorm, and attacks from hostile mobs, these four friends question if it's better to be a single player than a multiplayer, as they try to watch out for each other and chase Steve’s dream at the same time.
Will Steve find the diamonds? Will his friends help or hinder the search? Should he trust his new treasure hunter friends? And will Steve get back in time to save the villagers?"
Escape from the Overworld by Danica Davidson.  My son loved how this wasn't just a Minecraft story, it combined both the real world with the world of Minecraft.  Well written full of adventure and easy to follow along for a six year old.  A storyline I think even non Minecraft fans would enjoy.

"Eleven-year-old Stevie, who comes from a long line of Steves, doesn’t feel as if he fits in the Minecraft world. His father is great at building and fighting off zombies, but Stevie struggles in these areas. One day, when Stevie is alone in the field trying to build something new that will impress his dad, he discovers a portal into a new world.

Stevie steps out of a computer screen and into the room of eleven-year-old Maison, a sixth-grade girl who loves to build and create, but who is bullied and made an outcast by her classmates for not indulging in activities deemed �cool.” Stevie is shocked by how different this world is, and Maison takes him under her wing and teaches him all about her world. The two become friends, and Maison brings Stevie to school with her.

Stevie is horrified to see there are zombies in the school! He realizes that when he opened the portal, this allowed zombies to also enter the new world. More and more creatures are slipping out by the second, wreaking havoc on a world that has no idea how to handle zombies, creepers, giant spiders, and the like. Stevie and Maison must put their heads together and use their combined talents in order to push the zombies back into Minecraft, where they belong. As Stevie and Maison’s worlds become more combined, their adventure becomes even more frightening than they could have imagined."
 (source: www.skyponypress.com)

Usually my son wants to watch Minecraft videos and play on screen but this time he didn't want to put down the novels, with a bit of my assistance we were done with the novels in no time.  There are no picture illustrations in the novels, and he truly enjoyed it.  I am looking forward to reading more of these novels with my son.

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