Camp Jupiter Classified: A Probatio’s Journal by Rick Riordan illustrated by Stefanie Masciandaro and John S. Dykes

51e3IvJtoTL._AC_UY218_Camp Jupiter Classified: A Probatio’s Journal by Rick Riordan illustrated by Stefanie Masciandaro and John S. Dykes. Disney Hyperion, 9781368024051, 2020

Format: Hardcover, 146 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Fantasy Fiction/Diaries

What did you like about the book?  Going to camp can be difficult, especially when you are descended from the Roman god Mercury.  Claudia is excited, especially as all her campmates are also descended from gods.  Giant eagles, elephants, fauns and much more are enough to keep her busy, yet when she receives a mysterious message, camp-life takes on an interesting tone as she tries to solve this conundrum; things begin to change and not for the better.  Can she and her friends figure out the clues or will she be expelled from camp forever?  The humorous narrative will keep readers turning pages to see what will happen next as they chuckle at Claudia’s rendition of events and her attempts at surviving them.  Back pages come with a comprehensive list of characters and demigod map which will help readers to decipher relationships among the gods.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The plot keeps readers entertained; however the only character that is well developed is Claudia.  Her relationship to other characters is stated, but their back-story not explained in depth.  Readers will note where the action is heading as the story progresses, yet unexpected twists and turns will make the story more interesting.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers, in grades 3 and up, who enjoy the Percy Jackson series and humorous diaries would definitely like this novel.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for upper elementary, middle schools, or public libraries that cannot get enough of the Percy Jackson series.  

Where would you shelve it? Fantasy Fiction/Diaries

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside near the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: May 27, 2020

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