KCamp (Denver, CO USA): Great to have for Battle of the Books
Eva Jones (Age:11 Grade:5): Rebels of the Kasbah is an amazing novel. It is spun together with foreign elements, gore, trickery, and leadership. One excellent aspect is the personality you get from each character – you get a feeling that you have some other connection with them. The description he gives is impeccable – it feels like you're standing right there in the scene. I don't know how Joe O'Neill did it, but he did!
Xander ForeverBookish (Rated it 5 of 5 stars):
AMAZING! You NEED to read this!
Books on the Edge Blog: For all you parents out there...this book, is its one that you’d encourage your kid to read. It reminds one of the classics like Treasure Island, Oliver Twist, and Aladdin while written in a language suitable for young readers of today. It captures interest because it seems so rare to find books that tell an incredibly good story, and highlight young people with morals, values and ethics, who while they struggle with obstacles in their path to freedom, do so with loyalty, strength of character and by working together toward a common goal. Yup its one of those books that you hope your son or daughter would read and find heroes among its pages...and who couldn’t use a well written hero or two? booksontheedge.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/rebels-of-the-kasbah-book-one-in-the-redhand-adventures/
Laura Ansari (Rated it 4 of 5 stars):
Exciting book with a lot of historical themes the students can explore.
I liked it, and I think my students will be riveted.
This Kid Reviews Books –
Rebels: This is an awesome story! I love the action, excitement, and the all-around adventure!
O’Neill writes a captivating story that kept me on the edge of my seat!
I couldn’t put down! The characters are believable and each have a unique personality. Wrath: I really enjoyed the first book, Rebels of the Kasbah...Mr. O’Neill introduces each character and history in a great way that you can read this book as a stand-alone (but don’t because Rebels is a great book ;) ). The adventure is amazing and I love the setting of Morocco in the early 1900s. It’s cool to learn about the French involvement in Morocco and the British involvement with piracy.
Adam S.: Great story and detail. I didn't want to put it down.
Reviewed by Kenneth Salikof for IndieReader: The author has written a period novel filled with old-fashioned plot elements, but with a contemporary streamlined narrative...reads like a Boy's Own adventure and is filled with action involving bandits, pirates and rebels, reminding the reader of such grand entertainments as Rudyard Kipling's Kim, Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road and John Milius' The Wind and the Lion. An old-fashioned adventure novel written with contemporary verve about a group of kidnapped children trying to escape their captivity in Morocco in 1912. indiereader.com/2013/09/rebels-of-the-kasbah/
Sophia (Rated it 5 of 5 stars): It is set in one of my favorite time periods, the early 1900's in Morocco, which author Joe O'Neill masterfully captures. The entire book is action-packed, not a second where it was not in suspense for every moment. The descriptions are vivid, leaving you with amazing images in your head. O'Neill also creates each character perfectly, revealing more of their backgrounds through out the story. I would say that Rebels of the Kasbah is one of my favorite stories, and I would recommend it to any type of reader.
Denisse Maddox (Bogart, GA, US):
This is a great book. My son said it was in his top reads! I'm glad...they got him excited about reading.
Tracey (Rated it 5 of 5 stars): I know this is meant for middle year children but I loved it...I didn't even know camel races existed.
I Be Readin:
Can we get up and cheer for this one?
This novel reminds me of the famous series written by J. K. Rowling, no...there are no wizards or broomsticks, but the battle of good versus evil continues in O'Neill's writing and you can't help but get caught up in this story, and would totally adapt to big screen. The four main characters have solid ethics and morals and put themselves in harms way to stand for what is right, in the face of danger. The evil Caid and his minion Black Mamba are an apt match to the rebels and while there is little to like about the reprehensible Caid, one does find a soft spot for Mamba, as his story unfolds and his relationship to the young Jawad develops.
This novel is brilliant, and already has this reviewer wanting the third book in the series Legends of the Rif. It has everything you'd hope for in a second novel, and carries the original story forward while developing new aspects to the adventure, to keep your interest piqued all the way to the last page.
If you've read Rebels of The Kasbah, and feel in love with this tale from 1912 Morocco, then Wrath Of The Caid is a definite must have book. O'Neill, brings to life an adventure that has the bells and whistles you'd look for in a series of this nature. He captured my interest in book one, and book two has captivated my interest even more
Riley Turner: This is one of the best books I've read! It's an exciting adventure that'll keep you up till midnight! Definitely a must have kinda book. Can't wait for more!
I could feel the sand stinging my face, this story is so descriptive, and so creatively told by the author. Rebels was heartwarming, exciting and inspiring, I can hardly wait for the sequel!
Christopher Otis Bradley (Los Angeles, CA USA): The next Harry Potter! I know that's a bold statement but the characters in the far off lands that O'Neill has created have that same quality. A book for all ages — my kids whipped through it — and so did I. It's a fun fast read. Can't wait for the next one!
Paul Thompson: I'm not a kid, but I have a daughter that reads a ton, so I occasionally read a kid book just to keep up on what's new. Just looking at the cover of Rebels of the Kasbah got me hooked, and it didn't take long until I was out there on the desert with them. This book contains a lot of good stuff for kids (and adults alike), and I wish more kids (and adults alike) spent more time reading. I can't wait for the sequel!
HP: This book is an everlasting bloom of adventure. I give it 2 thumbs up and highly recommend reading it when you're ready for a good adventure. Hands down a great book for middle school readers, all the way to adults! Also, a very nice compliment to a classroom teacher looking to incorporate into a unit, covering several subjects-with fun and diverse lesson plans. I will be buzzing about this book indefinitely!
Heather P---M.Ed. – Reading & Language Arts Former Classroom Teacher: Book Lover!