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Spin the Golden Light Bulb

(The Crimson Five #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  54 reviews
It's the year 2071 and eleven year-old Kia Krumpet is determined to build her 67 inventions, but she won't have the opportunity to unless she earns a spot at PIPS, the Piedmont Inventor's Prep School. Kia, who has trouble making friends at school, has dreamed of winning the Piedmont Challenge and attending PIPS ever since she learned that her Grandma Kitty won the very fir ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Amberjack Publishing
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[Shai] Bibliophage
I like how inspirational this novel is; it promotes that we should always strive to achieve our goals and dream. Being creative, inquisitive, not following the norm, being cooperative, and dauntless are just some of the lessons that kids will learn on this novel.

If you are looking for a present to your child who is in middle grade or if you want him to read more – this book is a highly recommend.
Schizanthus Nerd
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Be Curious. Be Creative. Be Collaborative. Be Colourful. Be Courageous.

Spin the Golden Light Bulb is Jackie Yeager’s debut novel. I’ve been having lots of luck finding brilliant debut novels recently and this middle grade novel is no exception. Jackie Yeager takes us on a journey to 2071, where people travel by aero-car and kids are referred to at school by their number, not name.

Kia Krumpet’s number is 718, she has an ex-best friend and no one at her school, Crimson Elementary School, has e
Lucy Banks
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Invention competitions, teamwork and lots of good feeling - a great book for kids!

I love books that promote great behaviour, without coming across as 'lecturey'. I also love books with plenty of imagination and inventiveness. Fortunately for me, Spin the Golden Light Bulb had both of these qualities in abundance!

Kia is a top student at her school in New York - in the future. She's desperate to win a Golden Light Bul
Xiomara Canizales
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, children, 2017-read
Rating 2.5/5
This is middle grade novel that deals with creativity and accomplishing goals.
I won't be describing the book because I don't want to spoil it but it was fun, different, very interesting.
I did had the problem that I found it a bit slow, thing didn't happen that quickly. Probably for the audience the book is intended would work. But overall I found it enjoyable.
Sally Valentine
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kia Krumpet, aka #718, has a dream, and she knows how to fulfill it. She wants to invent the world's first underwater bubble bike or muffin baking pants or one of the other sixty-seven innovative things she has running around in her head. Kia thinks that her path to success lies in getting accepted into the Piedmont Inventors Prep School. Otherwise, she'll be programmed against her will into an area chosen for her and not by her, like all the other eleven year old students in America in 2071.

Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is perfect for children in middle school. There are many creative ideas throughout the book that create a dazzling image in your mind of the setting. The first-person point of view lets you into the mind of that character as well as what she thinks of the others. A great book inside and out!
Simant Verma
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I love NetGalley for giving me such gems from time to time. Spin the Golden Light Bulb is a debut novel of Jackie Yeager and what an exceptional middle-grade novel it is! I was involved in the story from the first page itself..

From the blurb, you can get that the story is set in the year 2071. This is the year when people travel by aero-car and the students are not called by their name but the number at their school. This is a sto
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magical-realism
I received this book as a prize for getting a Trivia question right during Kim Chance's debut launch party on Youtube. The question was: When was the lightbulb invented? The answer: 1879. I'm very grateful to Kim Chance for this prize and for Jackie Yeager for providing her book as a prize! It came with two bookmarks, stickers, and an autograph with the words "Think more, Work hard, Dream big!" Since I'm giving out thanks, I'd also like to thank the freezing rain storm which gave me a day off fr ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Spin the Golden Light Bulb is a debut middle grade novel centering around the brilliant minds of a group of young inventors. It touches on topics such as teamwork, forgiveness, and loyalty, and how to include those values in the achievement of personal goals in the area of one’s passion. It encourages having a mind that is open to all possibilities and to the acc
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-52-books
This was another wonderful middle grade book that I'm so glad that I was able to read. It was a wonderful chance to get lost in a world where kids want to do well and are moved to figure out their best way to make things happen.

The friendship that was embraced between these kids and the hard work that they had to portray was a story of determination, fun, and love.

I think this is a great story and one that should be shared and read by many.
Amanda Rawson Hill
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super fun story that will make kids want to be creative!
Steven Tolle
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amy and Sabrina: My daughter and I read this book together and we loved it! My daughter found it to be very "inspirational, funny and suspenseful"! I thought it was extremely well written and very relatable. My daughter is twelve and an Odyssey of the Mind participant, so Kia Krumpet's experiences rang very true for her! As an OotM coach the "preceptors" experiences rang true for me as well! That being said, you don't have to be involved with Odyssey of the Mind to enjoy this book. I think anyon ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good everyone, just so good. It's a middle grade book, but as a semi-adult of 25 years I couldn't stop turning the pages- I just wanted to find out what would happen next! The setting of 2071 was so interesting and just reading about this speculative future (as is any kind of discussion about the future as we just don't know!) through the eyes of an 11 year old girl that so desperately wants to be an inventor but has to win a team competition just to get the chance to fulfill he ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Think America's Got Talent where the talent is brains and creativity. Put together a bunch of kids with assorted personalities but the same creative drive and you've got a super competition. Are the Crimson Five, a group of kids who just happen to be from the same school, up to the challenge in the national competition? Set fifty years in the future, the author is obviously one of those out of the box thinkers, when she describes the kids bedchamber filled with floating silver sparkles which jus ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Spin the Golden Light Bulb is a must read for any middle school student! The creativity oozes out of every page and it teaches young readers the importance of being creative, letting your imagination go wild and thinking outside the box. Once you start reading, you won't be able to put down the book. The characters and the plot grab your attention and leave you wanting to keep reading to find out what will happen in the upcoming chapters. Each character is unique in their own way and they each b ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book! So inspirational, so cute, so real, so inventive, and so creative! Would have been my favorite if I had this as a kid. It's already one of my favorites as an adult. ...more
Jo-ann Walsh
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the Advanced Reader copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own. It is the year 2071, and sixth grader Kia Krumpet (student number 718) can’t wait for the chance to compete for the Golden Light Bulb award and earn a chance to attend Camp Piedmont. If she doesn’t make it to camp Piedmont and earn the chance to attend PIPS, she will be stuck getting programmed and will most likely have to study math. When Kia, and four other students from her scho ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun book with great characters. I really enjoyed this read. The story is about five students that start out not really knowing each other very well, but grow into a team. It's told from the view point of a single character, but we get to see the way all five of the kids interact and learn about friendship and teamwork. The main plot follows the kids as they participate in an academic group competition to complete challenges. I think the thing I liked best is the way the story shows the ki ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: electric-18s
Okay, raise your hand if you did Odyssey of the Mind as a kid. Yes? Then this joy-filled middle-grade novel is most definitely for you. Main character Kia is plucky and quirky and hilarious, but also gets frustrated when faced with something that seems insurmountable, much like a very real sixth-grader. Middle-grade readers will love the futuristic world and tightly-paced plot, but this book is ultimately a love letter to creativity and collaboration. It dives deep into the mind of an endearing, ...more
Nadia C.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book primarily because it deals with perseverance which I have found to be lacking in some students. The is in this book hit a series of problems and had to work together in order to solve them. I also really appreciated the story because it focuses on working as a group. I have observed that many people are content to work by themselves but have difficulty when they have to share ideas.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed reading Spin the Golden Light Bulb, a YA story by Jackie Yeager. This story about a team of sixth-grade students in a national creativity competition kept me very interested. As the team faced and overcame several obstacles, I felt for their struggles and rooted for their success. The dreams and struggles of the main character, Kia Krumpet, become important to the reader. The other team members, her family and competition advisors fill out the story with a diversity of individu ...more
Jackie Yeager
Jul 26, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey Everyone!
My first book, SPIN THE GOLDEN LIGHT BULB made it's grand entrance on January 9, 2018! I'm so excited to share it with you. The story was inspired in part by my experience as an Odyssey of the Mind coach and my team's trip to the World Finals. Think costumes, props, problem solving, inventions, and creative performances. It's a story of friendship, family drama, and working together to face challenges as you chase your dreams. But Kia, Ander, Mare, Jax, and Jillian's story is so mu
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic book for middle school students. I found myself eager to read what was next for the characters in the book. The relationship development among a group of preteens was remarkable and definitely my favorite part of this book. As a social worker by profession and a parent of 2 preteens I think this book did a fantastic job of exploring themes of friendship, family, dealing with conflict and the importance of teamwork. The story line was easy to relate to and provided many talki ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! It was a treat to read it. I could identify with each character, and could picture them as if they were sitting in the room with me. I loved Kia and how driven she was. Anders made me laugh. Gregor made me mad. I was so impressed with the invention from this team and past champions. Very cool how they were all integrated into the story. This is a great read for kids and adults. I hope we see another book in a series!!
Sarah Fitzgerald
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this from Kidlit Exchange, and this review is totally my own. This is a fun book with themes of teamwork, perseverance, and forgiveness. Kia and her four teammates are competing for spots at a prestigious school for inventors. They are given a theme and a task to work on together. Along the way they must learn how to work with difficult team members, deadlines, and possible sabotage. Secrets are revealed that make Kia question her abilities and worthiness this task requires.
Wendy Dunham
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite aspects of Jackie Yeager's debut novel is that her characters inspire the mid-grade reader to reach for the stars, dream big, and use their educational and intellectual talents. Through her creatively told story, readers see that achievements do not necessarily come easy, but require hard work and determination. That alone is a valuable life-long tool. Well done! ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! So creative and fun and I can't wait to read the next one! ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very positive book for young readers helping them understand that anything is possible and that you always need to do your best. I thought the book was a little simple at times but I will recommend this book to all young readers. Great book and amazing messages and lessons!
Jennifer Muller
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
I  recieved a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
I loved this book! I love the inspiration it creates and the message to always follow your dreams.
The friendships in this story were heartwarming!
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun and inspiring! The depiction of creative collaboration - not cutthroat competition- particularly resonated with me. Readers will be genuinely excited to learn there will be a sequel. These are characters they’ll enjoy spending more time with!
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