Check out this fantastic review from Mazzen, age 12, who read and reviewed Jingle for us.
Take it away, Mazzen
"Griffin Bing and his friends were excited for their Christmas break! Well, that was until they were signed up to be elves at the local Christmas festival that happened annually. They did not like their job to begin with, but when an artifact worth ten million dollars is stolen, they have to learn to enjoy their job, and find out who stole the artifact, known as the Star of Prague, and save the Christmas extravaganza.
Jingle is the eighth installment of Gordon Korman’s Swindle Mysteries. I love the non-stop action of the book. From the start to the finish, it is a gigantic roller coaster. It reminded me a bit of a spy novel that I read when I was younger—pure amazingness. I especially liked the character Logan (who signed up all of his friends to be elves in the first place,) because unlike the rest of the group, he is full of joy! That being said, I didn’t really like the character Darren. This is because he didn’t get much of a part in the book. I wanted to learn more about him, like the other characters.
As with every book, there is room for improvement. At the front of my version of the book, it says this book is recommended for kids ages 8-12, grades 3-7. I believe they should lower the age and grades. The only reason is, the font size is rather sizable, and there is only 200 pages with content to read. I believe this book should be rated for kids 7-10, grades 3-5.
Overall, I loved this book. It is a good read for anyone one who likes an adventure with a nice storyline! Out of a possible 10, I would rate this book an 8."
In the words of Gordon Korman
Interested? The video below gives you a little behind-the-scenes look at Gordon Korman and the beginning of the Swindle series.