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Iris Brave

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Iris Brave isn't as courageous as her name suggests. That's about to change. Iris doesn't take risks. Heights make her dizzy and she prefers to swim in the shallow end... with nose plugs. On a summer visit to her grandpa's farm, a mysterious stranger shadows Iris, leaving her cryptic messages. When this outsider turns out be a phantom from her family's past, Iris sheds her ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Intrepid Hound Press
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I enjoyed this story about a girl who tries to overcome her fears to find out what happened to her dad. I could feel the Iowa summer heat and the small town atmosphere of Green Grove. Every decision got Iris deeper and deeper into trouble yet I was rooting for her to find answers. Can’t wait for the sequel to come out. Grades 4-8.
Aug 13, 2013 Ali rated it it was amazing
I'm speechless. (wink)
Kathy Cunningham
Aug 12, 2013 Kathy Cunningham rated it it was amazing
Ali B.'s IRIS BRAVE is a paranormal mystery novel aimed at Middle Grade readers (8-12 years old). Eleven-year-old Iris Brave considers herself anything but her namesake - she's easily frightened (even the Ferris wheel gives her the shakes), and she tends to hyperventilate whenever things get tense. So when a strange young man in a gray hoodie starts following her and leaving cryptic notes, she's a bit clueless as to how to investigate. But when it becomes clear that this young man is somehow ...more
Sep 25, 2014 Frances rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, series
I picked this book up as I was given a copy of The Sixteen, (Book 2 of the Soul Jumpers Series), for review. I felt, to be able to give it a fair review, I needed to read Book 1 first. I am so happy I did! The Soul Jumpers is a children's series geared toward middle grades. Iris is the character telling the story and the language of the book fits the characters age. Some adults may find it too simplistic but I thought it was perfect for the audience it was written to.

The story contains an intere
Sep 23, 2014 Mati rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I got the chance to review this book, the concept seemed pretty interesting. I've read my share of novels, but the Soul Jumping concept is still pretty unique. While the writing is young, I did enjoy the book overall (Keep in mind, some YA books easily appeal to adults, this one would appeal in the Middle School market, so the writing may be a little simplistic to some readers). Length was something that was pe
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 10, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this intriguing middle grade fantasy. I found the plot to be quite unique and compelling, making for a quick read. The focus of this volume is on Iris and builds up to the reveal at the conclusion so, unfortunately, there isn't much in the way of the paranormal actually happening here, or at least that we are let in on yet. This was the problem I had with the book, that it ended just as the plot was getting to the exciting part! It felt like I'd read only half a book. Otherwise, ...more
M Strawberry
Oct 29, 2013 M Strawberry rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I found this a really cool story with an interesting premise, and the writing itself is very easy to follow - not in a childish way, but clear and concise, and I found the character of Iris to be realistic. The dialogue and events flow along well, and I was ready to give this book 4 or 4.5 stars for most of the book. However, the ending was far too abrupt, it was as if the book had been lopped in half or such.

Look, I understand this is the beginning of a series. Things can be left unanswered to
Meradeth Houston
Oct 01, 2014 Meradeth Houston rated it it was amazing
I don't tend to read a ton of MG, but this was a seriously fun read and makes me think that I should be enjoying this genre more. Iris is a sweet girl and very identifiable. She's quite mature for her age, and at times I had a hard time picturing her as just 11, but that's certainly not something I'd count against the story. (And who knows, I haven't been around a lot of 11 year old girls lately--I have a whole lot more nephews!) Anyhow, the story was a slow build of suspense that worked really ...more
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