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 Amazon.com 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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25 Comments on Red Shirt Kids Book Review + $75 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

  1. Julie Wood
    September 24, 2013 at 9:08 am (9 years ago)

    This book looks like a good book to read and I would like to get this book and read it. I have a niece and nephew that would also love to read this book. It sounds very interesting with finding out what the chest means.

  2. Stephanie Phelps
    September 24, 2013 at 9:54 am (9 years ago)

    My kids would all love this book! I know I would enjoy reading it to them! Who doesn’t dream of having special powers right! 🙂 I love the imagination it brings to my kids!

  3. Angela McKinney
    September 24, 2013 at 10:26 am (9 years ago)

    Even though it is not for my age I think I would love this book!

  4. Amy Lynn Desrosiers
    September 24, 2013 at 11:43 am (9 years ago)

    This sounds like such a cute book! The setting is native to me so that makes it extra cute, and special!

  5. Jaime R
    September 24, 2013 at 11:48 am (9 years ago)

    I am now looking for books for my 4th grader, thanks for the review. I would like this book for my daughters since there are real lessons to learn and who doesn’t want magical powers of some kind! Thanks for the chance to WIN!

  6. Patti
    September 24, 2013 at 11:53 am (9 years ago)

    I love reading all sorts of books, and this totally sounds intriguing and like something I would enjoy reading. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Elizabeth G.
    September 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm (9 years ago)

    This book would make a nice gift for my niece.

  8. Marilyn (@MimiGTR)
    September 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm (9 years ago)

    I love to read books to my kids, and also my nieces and nephews, and they know that their presents each year from me will be books. I think it is the greatest gift you can give a child, is a chance and opportunity to read. The more variety they have, you know, that there is going to be a book somewhere that will grab their imagination, and I believe once they are hooked on reading that it will last their lifetimes. I love your reviews, because they always tell me exactly which child that book is meant for. Keep up the great work.

    September 24, 2013 at 12:28 pm (9 years ago)

    I would like book for my granddaughters. I have always been on the lookout for good books for kids.
    I think this would be very valuable to them., and a book that could cherish for a long time

  10. Jeanna
    September 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm (9 years ago)

    My son would enjoy this book!

  11. sharlene
    September 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm (9 years ago)

    they are pretty good books

  12. Kelly Nicholson
    September 24, 2013 at 3:49 pm (9 years ago)

    Comment about Red Shirt Kids – any comment is fine!

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  13. Jo-Ann Brightman
    September 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm (9 years ago)

    I think I would enjoy reading this book even though it is supposed to be for kids.

  14. Deb K
    September 25, 2013 at 12:34 am (9 years ago)

    My granddaughter would love this!

  15. Peggy
    September 25, 2013 at 3:52 am (9 years ago)

    This seems like a great book to read with the children.

  16. rochelle haynes
    September 25, 2013 at 5:39 am (9 years ago)

    love to read this hope i win!!

  17. Terri S
    September 25, 2013 at 11:42 pm (9 years ago)

    It sounds like a great read.

  18. Lyndi Malarchuk
    September 26, 2013 at 8:46 am (9 years ago)

    I think my son would love to read about Amy and Mike and their adventures. He’s been having a hard time finding a new series to read, and I think the Red SHirt Kids would be right up his alley!

  19. Glenna F
    October 2, 2013 at 8:32 am (9 years ago)

    Sounds very interesting.

  20. carla hoffman
    October 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm (9 years ago)

    I would love to read this

  21. Debbie Thomas
    October 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm (9 years ago)

    Always need good books for these ages

  22. Becky F
    October 3, 2013 at 6:33 pm (9 years ago)

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

  23. Jennifer Clay
    October 4, 2013 at 10:06 am (9 years ago)

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

  24. sheila ressel
    October 6, 2013 at 5:54 am (9 years ago)

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

  25. shirley delp
    October 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm (9 years ago)

    nice book to read to grandkids.


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