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Red Shirt Kids Book Review

I am a participant in the Red Shirt Kids Book Tour and received a free copy of the book in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed herein are my own. The giveaway is sponsored by Osmond Marketing.


Red Shirt Kids, by Bryce and Kim Clark, is a book based on a bed time story that was actually made up by Kim Clark and told to his children. He wanted to take their imaginations on a wild adventure, all while teaching  them important principles.

About the Book

Sixth-graders Mike and Amy must learn to use their special powers to save other children

Mike and Amy Smith are nervous about moving from their nice house in Boston to a dilapidated old mansion in Falton, New Hampshire. They know they’ll have to start the sixth and seventh grade not knowing anyone, and their new house is just plain creepy.

While searching their dusty attic, Mike and Amy uncover an old wooden chest with a mysterious lock. Inside, they find magical red shirts that give them special powers. Together with a new friend, Sam, Mike and Amy must figure out how to harness their newfound gifts while keeping them secret from their parents. As their powers grow, they begin a search for two kids who had gone missing in the summer, pitting them against a powerful adversary with mystical powers of his own. Will Mike and Amy be able to unlock the ancient mystery of the shirts? And will they be able to find the missing children before it is too late?


This book may be intended for kids between the ages of 8-12, but I couldn’t put it down! The chapters are short, which keep the story moving quickly and will hold your child’s attention. There are many lessons in this book, including lessons about bullying, stealing, and making assumptions about people. These lessons are side plots throughout the story that are memorable, yet don’t district from the excitement of the adventure. I was so nose-deep in this book that at the climax of the story I sat upright, my eyes widened, and I started reading more quickly.

About the Authors

Bryce Clark wrote and directed the independent dramatic comedy, Ben Banks. He has also written for the children’s show, Yo Gabba Gabba and is a partner in the production company, StoryLand Entertainment. Kim B. Clark is the former dean of Harvard Business School, and is the president of Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Enter the Giveaway

The prize is a $75 gift card and a copy of the book. The giveaway ends 10/10 and is for the US & Canada – detailed official rules are on the Rafflecopter form.

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shirley delp

Monday 7th of October 2013

nice book to read to grandkids.

sheila ressel

Sunday 6th of October 2013

This sounds like a great book for a child of any age.

Jennifer Clay

Friday 4th of October 2013

This sounds like a great book! Fingers crossed that I will win this!! Thanks for the chance!

Becky F

Thursday 3rd of October 2013

I love that this is based on a story he told his kids!

Debbie Thomas

Thursday 3rd of October 2013

Always need good books for these ages

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