Monday 23 May 2016

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra by Karen Tyrrell (Digital Future Press) PB RRP $14.95                                                                                                           ISBN 978-0-994-30213-7

Reviewed by Elizabeth Vercoe

The second book in the Super Space Kids series sees reluctant hero and erstwhile Super Space Kid Josh (aka Jo-Kin), called upon to step up and save not only his Commander’s younger sister and other Super Space Kids, but the whole of planet Earth. It’s a bit of a bummer though because it’s only recently that Josh has FINALLY been seen as a cool kid at school, and he doesn’t want to leave for outer space. The timing’s pretty terrible for a face-off with the evil Lord Terra and his stinking sidekick, Prince Poison…

This inter-galactic romp has everything: tough choices, talking cars that fly, heroic boys and girls, kidnapping, battles with formidable foes and dissention among internal ranks. There’s action-a-pace, annoying siblings, dodgy friends, heart-stopping adolescent moments of infatuation and, of course, planets made entirely of food.

Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra contains a smattering of many issues that will be familiar to its 7-12 year old readership, touching on ideas of doing the right thing, standing your ground, teamwork, friendship, problem solving and resilience. There’s a lovely light, humorous touch throughout and although one or two rogue words have escaped the editorial process, overall it’s a happening and pacy read (although I have to personally admit finding it hard to get into – middle-aged woman that I am!). With enough computer game terminology to engage both boys and girls, it’s also appropriate for reluctant readers. 


  1. Thanks Elizabeth for this awesome review of Jo-kin vs Lord Terra. I'm blown away that you got my out-of this-world Kids novel despite your middle-age-ness. I can't wait to share this review with kids, Teachers, Parents and my distributor. You've made my day ... Karen :)

  2. Thanks Buzz Words and Elizabeth for this awesome review. I will Share this review with my networks ... Karen Tyrrell

  3. WOOHOO!
    Thanks Buzz Words,
    especially to Di and Elizabeth for this awesome
    Review of Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra kids FUN space adventure.
    Much appreciated ... Karen Tyrrell :)
    PS Loved your tags of Friendship and infatuation too.


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