Interest Level: 5-8; Reading Level: 5.2
How would you feel if when you were at school and you didn't have a name, just a number? What if you knew you had potential to be something special but you also knew you might be told what you had to do for the rest of your life? This is Kia Krumpet. It is the year 2071 and Kia attends Crimson School. She is student 718 but she wants more than anything to be called Kia. Kia wants to win the Piedmont Challenge so that she can attend PIPS, Piedmont Inventor's Prep School. If she is not allowed to go to PIPS then she will have to continue her school at home and she will be programmed into something she doesn't want to do. She has so many ideas for inventions but if she is programmed she will not be allowed to do any of these things. All 50 states send a team of five students to the Challenge and when Kia is chosen she is floating on cloud nine. Then something happens that has never happened before, the four other students chosen from New York are all from Kia's school also. Even though they don't know each other, they are being held to a higher standard than the other teams. Kia and her teammates work very hard on their project only to have something disastrous happen just a week before the competition. Will Kia and her team be able to overcome this tragic event and still compete for their chance to go to PIPS? Or is their chance gone forever?
This is a must read book if you want to read about friendship, teamsmanship, inventions, quick-thinking, overcoming obstacles, and finding yourself then this is the book for you! Make sure you have some time when you start this book because it is hard to put down! After reading this book, you will have to read Flip the Silver Switch, book two in the The Crimson Five series.
I am a K-6 librarian who is also a book and author nerd.