The Book Drop is a book subscription box from Bethany Beach Books. You can pick one of four different subscription options:
This review is of the Children 8-12 subscription.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: The Book Drop
The Cost: $16 a month for YA version, $13 for childrenís version, or $20 for the Jane/Ernest version
The Products: One book selected each month based on the book-type preference you select.
Ships to: US
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This was our fifth month of this subscription, and we did have some custom options when we signed up. First, we had to select among "Adventurous," "Pleasant," or "A little bit of everything!" (Of course my 9-year-old son chose Adventurous.) They then asked about my son's age and reading level.
Manhunt by Kate Messner - Value $6.99
Book Summary from Amazon:
"When the world's greatest masterpieces are stolen, it's up to three kids to track down the culprits!
Henry, Anna, and Jose head from Boston to Paris for their most dangerous mission yet: to solve the mystery of an international art heist! Shortly after they arrive, they learn that a member of the Silver Jaguar Society is working as a double agent, passing information to the criminal gang the Serpentine Princes -- but who could it be? When the senior members of the Society go missing, it's up to Henry, Anna, Jose, and their smug new comrade, Hem, to mount a rescue while staying hot on the trail of a missing masterpiece. Running around -- and below -- a foreign city filled with doppelgangers, decoys, and deceit, the three sleuths discover they're the only hope for the Society's survival!"
I was so pleased to see this book in my son's Book Drop this month! It's part of a series about three kids who solve mysteries, which is nothing new, but I am trying to get him interested in serials that are appropriate for his age and reading level. I can't get him to let go of Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and he can do so much better! Hopefully this will do the trick!
In addition to the note and bookmark pictured here, the package also included a signed bookplate from the author! Very cool.
This month, Book Drop sent us two "free samples" of other kids' books. I've never seen free samples of books like this before, so I'm not sure what to make of them. I guess they are to see if your child is interested in reading the full book?
These were our bonus items from Book Drop this month: Three promotional bookmarks, a Kate Messner pencil, and a Spirit Animals sticker. Fun!
The Verdict: My son is pretty excited about this book, and it got great reviews on Amazon! I also love that it included a bookplate signed by the author. Otherwise, this month's box was chock full of promotional materials, which I have mixed feelings about. The value of this month's box is low ($6.99) compared to the cost ($13). We love bonuses, but I usually don't like my children (or myself) to be marketing objects. These particular marketing materials, however, might result in my son reading more, which is a noble goal. Thus, I have mixed feelings.
What do you think of The Book Drop for Children?