We love being part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day and are celebrating our third year of participation by reviewing a wonderful, fast-paced and incredibly diverse sci-fi book by C. Taylor-Butler. This post is all about Multicultural Children’s Book Day and features The Lost Tribes book review that Lou Lou helped write.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
We’re glad to be participating in Multicultural Children’s Book Day for the third year in a row (read our 2016 review here and our 2017 review here). MCBD promotes cultural awareness through reading and the programs it offers teachers and homeschooling families – which is an important initiative for our culturally-diverse, culinary worldschooled children!
This year, thanks to Move Books publishers, Lou Lou got to read a book, The Lost Tribes, the first in a 2-part series by author Christine Taylor-Butler. Christine is a veteran author of over 70 books, and now has a new fan in Lou Lou! She couldn’t put the e-book down after receiving her copy – it was a great distraction from her worldschooling homework (we culinary worldschool our two children, which you can read about here), and even wrote a mini book review to share with all of you.
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C. Taylor-Butler’s The Lost Tribes Book Review
Title: The Lost Tribes
Author: C. Taylor-Butler
Main Characters: Ben & April Webster, Carlos Lopez, Serise Hightower, and Grace Choedon
One of the things I love most about us participating in the yearly Multicultural Children’s Book Day is getting to read books from new authors that I wouldn’t have discovered myself. This year I got to read The Lost Tribes which was my first sci-fi novel.
The Lost Tribes focuses on two main characters: high-school student Ben Webster and his younger sister April who go on a very exciting adventure with their three friends, Carlos, Series, and Grace. The story starts off with readers getting to know Ben, a teenager living in Sunnyslope who loves basketball and hates homework…talk about being able to relate. Ben always leaves his homework to the last minute and would rather do anything but study, which is something I can relate to!
The fun begins the minute Henry, Ben’s mysterious and scary uncle, gives him a virtual computer game with a puzzle to solve. The game is filled with cryptic clues and puzzles that deal with artifacts from places like ancient Egypt, Peru, and Africa that Ben has to solve in order to go on a world trip. But the game is quite challenging and in order to advance he needs help and asks his sister and friends to play the game with him.
The story takes a serious turn when all their parents go missing and they realize that perhaps the computer game is not just a game. It was at this point in the story where I couldn’t put the book down – as each chapter came to a close, I wanted to know what happened!
Reading the story, I felt like I was part of the journey and wanted to help solve the clues, too! I don’t know much about ancient Egypt or Africa or Peru and after reading The Lost Tribes, they are all places I have added to my travel bucket list.
Once I began reading the story, I found it very hard to put my kindle down until the end. It only took me a couple of days to finish the book – the story is a real page-turner and draws you in from the very beginning. If you’re new to the world of sci-fi, I recommend starting off with this book – it’s the first of a two part series, and I cannot wait to read the second, Safe Harbor. Are Ben and his friends able to find their missing parents? Who’s responsible for destroying the Sonara – I have a lot of questions…I need to find out how the story ends.
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.
2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors
PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs
BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal Bowe, Gokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press
2018 Author Sponsors
Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and MFL Publishing Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham Author Natasha Yim
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/
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