Eudora Space Kid

Winter Storm Eudora

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
96 Pages
Reviewed on 09/11/2023
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Can you change the power of Pi? It's 3.14, right? What if it's really 4.14 like math nerd Eudora Jenkins insists? It's all about measuring circles, and Eudora believes she's discovered that the greatest math minds got it wrong through the centuries. Perhaps she's right, but her math teacher isn't convinced, and her classmates are totally confused. In David Horn's middle-grade novel, Eudora Space Kid: Winter Storm Eudora, this theory is about to get out of control. Living and studying on a spaceship, Eudora is like any other kid, except she's super smart, and her adoptive parents are aliens. But, like any other kid, she thinks having a snow day would be great. We all know about snow days. That's when the winter weather gets bad, and everyone must stay home for the day. But a snow day on a spaceship? Is that possible?

Looking for an adventure to engage your young readers and ignite their passion for reading? Here's one to consider: David Horn's Eudora Space Kid will attract novice, reluctant, and engaged readers of the elementary school age. The fifth book in the series, this rollicking story will have young readers engrossed and laughing at all the space kids' antics. You have to love the main character, Eudora. She has spirit, aspirations to do great things, and willpower and determination to see a task to its completion. In other words, she's a great role model for young minds. The language is quirky and simple, and the fun plot is appealing. The chapter titles are humorous and set the stage for the contents within each chapter, like "If At First, You Don't Succeed, Pi Pi Again" and "And They All Lived Snowed In Ever After." Settle in for an astro adventure that's hilariously funny.

Carmen Tenorio

Eudora Space Kid: Winter Storm Eudora by David Horn is the fifth of his children's book series. When math and computer genius Eudora of the spaceship Astroliner Athena wrote a school report that convinced the Planetary Republic Math Society to obliterate circles in favor of ovals in everyday living, kids in her school started to dislike her for disrupting everything circular because it's such a hassle. She decided to make up for her unpopularity by poking around in the weatherman's computer system and its weather models so he could declare a snow day by the end of the week, and everyone would have a free day. Unfortunately, little Ms. Genius didn't see the computer predicting one hundred feet of snow by Friday, making everyone panic. Will Eudora be able to fix the computer's crazy weather models before it gets out of control and causes chaos?

Despite Eudora Space Kid's setting in a hi-tech environment with its word list of hi-tech terms, the author uses relatable, non-intimidating, and descriptive language for a narrative from Eudora's perspective. The chapters are not long either, making this a good starter book series for independent readers. David Horn includes a discussion in the last few pages of the book and some activities that deal with the mathematical concept that captivated Eudora in the first place. Judit Tondora's perfectly rendered illustrations capture the characters and scenarios well, making this book quite an exciting experience for young readers. The moral of the story is also a good highlight. Eudora's intelligence can be described as a cross between genius and nuisance. But honesty always seems to be the best policy. She's not afraid to admit and be accountable for her mistakes. And she certainly is more than willing to rectify them. When people see a sincere, service-oriented person behind the recognitions or blunders you make, even the most strict and difficult person on board your fleet would not hesitate to call you a friend. Recommended for children ages 6 to 10 years old.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

In the fifth book in David Horn’s Eudora Space Kid Series, Winter Storm Eudora, third-grader Eudora Jenkins travels with the AstroFleet on the starship Athena. While the Planetary Republic defends the galaxy from dangerous aliens, she and other “space kids” help them explore and gather data for scientific research. After she receives mixed reviews from adults and children for her new calculation of pi, Eudora decides to win back the favor of the kids aboard her spaceship by adjusting the temperature models on the ship. Unfortunately, her calculations for a six-inch event turn into a multi-foot snow prediction. The result is a hilarious “snow” day.

David Horn has written a great account that will appeal to second through fourth graders. The recalculation of pi may not impress most math teachers, but they’ll like the string and plate activity at the end of the book. Eudora is an intelligent little girl and a good role model for children her age. Some characters aren’t human, but they have understandable, likable qualities. The full-color cover and black-and-white inside illustrations enhance the text, giving readers a clearer picture of Eudora’s life aboard the Athena. The tale will appeal to young readers, who may be wishing for a snow day, too. Winter Storm Eudora would be a great book to share with children during a snow day. Even though the book can be read as a standalone without prior knowledge of the series, children will enjoy reading all the other books in the Eudora Space Kid Series.

Pikasho Deka

Hop on for an exciting space adventure with David Horn's Winter Storm Eudora, the fifth book in the Eudora Space Kid series. Eudora is a free-spirited third grader, always up to some mischief or other aboard the AstroLiner Athena. But this time, she has found something truly extraordinary. She has somehow managed to change the value of pi, resulting in unintended consequences that have everyone blaming her. To make peace, she comes up with an ingenious plan to give everyone a snow day using her creative computer programming skills. However, when it leads to mass panic and chaos aboard the spaceship, Eudora must find a way to reverse the weather forecasts that have gone out of control. To do so, she must reveal everything to the last person she wants to see, Captain Jax.

Author David Horn delivers another captivating sci-fi tale featuring the spunky science and tech whiz kid Eudora. In Eudora Space Kid: Winter Storm Eudora, you will embark on a space adventure the likes of which you've never been before. One of the things I've been impressed with in this series so far is Horn's worldbuilding. The spaceship Athena feels like a really fun place, full of vibrant characters who add to the atmosphere and make the story all the more immersive to read. The witty dialogue and humor-filled monologues of Eudora were a couple of other highlights of this series that I really enjoyed. Eudora is as entertaining as ever, and if you're looking for a fun sci-fi adventure tale for kids, you won't find many books better than this.

Melinda Facal

Eudora Space Kid: Winter Storm Eudora by David Horn is the fifth in this series that follows the adventures of Eudora and her exciting world on board a massive futuristic spaceship. Eudora is a young girl who lives on an AstroLiner with her sister, their alien parents, and a variety of other humans and outer space creatures. Eudora is exceptionally bright and has big plans for herself and the future, although sometimes her ideas get her into trouble. Hoping to lighten the mood aboard the spaceship, Eudora uses her advanced skills and knowledge to create a snow day that everyone will enjoy. Along the way, Eudora learns many lessons about loyalty, honesty, and friendship. Educational activities are also provided for readers to engage with some of the math and science concepts introduced in the book.

Winter Storm Eudora by David Horn is a captivating story that will encourage young readers to be curious and explore the world around them. Eudora’s inquisitive nature will resonate with many children who are constantly learning and questioning how things work. Eudora also shares the challenges and competitions that often arise in life and school settings. Through Eudora’s experiences, children will see that everyone struggles with acceptance and wanting to have genuine friendships. Detailed illustrations by Judit Tondora highlight the many diverse and unusual characters living happily together on the spacecraft. Eudora, her family, and all the others on the spaceship are charming and interesting. There are many hilarious and laugh-out-loud moments throughout this engaging story. This is a highly recommended and entertaining read.