For Take Your Child to Work Day, we asked our own children (and one niece) to share what they've been reading and watching lately. (Or maybe the grown-ups just needed to take a week off.)
Agents of SHIELD is a TV show that I just finished watching. It has seven seasons and I would say it is a very good TV show. I really liked it.
The cast for the show is Philip Coulson (Clark Gregg), Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), and Grant Ward (Brett Dalton). I really like this show because it has a lot of story put into it and there are a lot of cliffhangers which can make any show more interesting. Some of the fun things that they have to fight are Inhumans, people that have random superpowers, and monoliths, which are three stones that can send you to a different planet, one that teleports you to a different time, and one that creates stuff. There was also Hive, an alien that uses micro bugs to get rid of people's flesh and skin, and the Chronicoms, which are robots that have cool ships and are trying to make Earth their home planet, and a few more bad guys which I won't get into detail about.
I really liked the character Coulson because he is a very good leader and dies three times, gets revived twice, and turned into robot. One thing I don't really like about Agents of SHIELD is that they always get the bad guy and then they just keep talking and the bad guy escapes. I would really recommend watching it, and it is a very good TV show. —Max Novak, age 10
I would recommend the show All Hail King Julien. It is on Netflix. It is about lemurs on Madagascar. It’s very funny! King Julien is the king of the lemurs. There is five seasons. There is also a sequel. The sequel is All Hail King Julien: Exiled. I have not seen that one yet. Mort is my favorite character. He is devoted to King Julien! Especially King Julien’s feet! —Cormac McCann Shafer, age 7
This book is about teenagers in high school. Some of them are witches. There are two covens at their school, and one of them is sort of mean but not evil. Binx, Greta, and Ridley are the nicer coven, and then a new girl, Iris, who’s also a witch, joins their coven. Ridley has a crush on another new student at the school, Penelope, who she meets in one of her classes. Then she finds out Penelope has a boyfriend, but Ridley still wants to hang out with her as friends.
Each chapter, it switches to a different character’s perspective. There’s this group called Antima, for Anti-Magic, and a couple of people at the school have an Antima patch on their jackets. There’s also a witch hunter guy from hundreds of years ago, and he and another witch who’s evil have been killing descendants of this famous witch who wrote a sort of witch’s handbook. They’re killing and taking the hearts out of her descendants.
Greta’s familiar goes missing—a familiar is a witch’s pet, basically, and hers is a cat—and they finally find him. They get led to this empty house, still in construction, and they hear some lady singing in German or something and playing piano. Then they discover there’s been a murder, and later there’s a kidnapping. Sometimes when Iris touches things she can get visions, and one time she touched Greta in the beginning of the book and got a vision of Greta tied up in a chair, and later on Greta has a dream of being tied up in a chair in a room of flames with the witch hunter and her familiar and this person who works at the school who I am positive is evil.
That all sounds scary, but it’s not scary. It’s a good book. I recommend it. It has two authors, and one of them lives in Portland. There should be a second book* because there’s so many problems that were not solved. —Jane Engler, age 12
Editor's note: Good news, Jane! There's a sequel due out in September.
Gregor the Overlander is a fantastical series by Suzanne Collins. The story starts with Gregor, an 11-year-old boy with a missing dad. One summer day, he falls down a heating vent and finds himself in an underground world. Follow Gregor along his journey where he encounters many odd creatures including giant bats, reticent roaches, cunning rats, and strange spiders. There are five books in the Underland series, none of which you will be able to put down. I love this series and I hope you do, too! —Finn McCann Shafer, age 10