About the Book
Title: Finn’s Rocket: A Surfer Catches Air (Finn’s Fast Books, Book #3) | Authors: Serena Schreiber | Publication Date: November 1, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 176 | Recommended Ages: 7 to 12
Book Description: Finn’s summer vacation plans didn’t include leaving the planet. When his little sister gets kidnapped from space camp, Finn will do anything and go anywhere to get her back. Even the international space station.
The Buzz About “Finn’s Fast Books”
Finn’s Ship: “The story blends Finn’s American upbringing with his German heritage, acquainting the reader with the many similarities and differences in food, culture, language, transportation and family values.” ~ Candy 613, Amazon
Finn’s Ship: “The author did a marvelous job bringing the characters to life and making the reader feel apart of each scene.” ~ Glen G., Amazon
Finn’s Car: “I really enjoyed reading this book! Very fun to read and it’s something that teens will love to read. I recommend it to everyone!” ~ Jocelyn, Amazon
Finn’s Car: “A well-paced, funny and highly infectious read!” ~ Bree W., Amazon
About the Author: Serena Schreiber
First published in Brooklyn in third grade, Serena Schreiber took a circuitous route through Europe to settle in Florida. When not writing for kids or scientists, she follows her other muse, fantasy. She’s a happy co-conspirator of Florida Writers Association Youth Program and runs the Howl at the Moon Writers Jam. Serena has two amazing children, a handsome husband, and a turtle named Bolt.
Cymplified review of Finn’s Rocket:
Reading about something unfamiliar is a good way to experience something I know I will never do in my lifetime.
I am not familiar with surfing (the offline kind) and I was given a glimpse into that world. I am not familiar with space travel and I got to peek at what space programs do. I am not hard of hearing so I have a sort of idea what happens when wearing hearing aids. The main characters also went on other adventures that seem alien to me.
These adventures are what make the book exciting. The action-packed story is thrilling. It is quite fast-paced, so I think kids would really enjoy it. Although, for me the plot was a bit deep for seven to twelve-year-olds.
What I didn’t like was when I was a hundred or so pages into the book, lots of typographical errors keep cropping up. Also, I know that the author wants to keep it realistic, but when the teen boys whistled at the girls, the flirting turned me off.
Other than that, Serena Schreiber seemed like she did a lot of research about various subjects like building a rocket or summer glacier snowboarding, since I do not think these could not be made up, especially the one about space camp. Could it?
I would recommend it to older kids, when they are not too impressionable, because they might think that “parents could be so useless sometimes.” But, it’s a good reminder to love and appreciate one’s family.