Zap by Martha Freeman

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4.5 Llamas


I really liked this book and think it would be a good one for kids and teens too! There is some violence, and I think they cursed the Lord’s name in vain a few times, but it was a little hard to tell cause like a quarter of the book was in Spanish… And I’m not the best at Spanish… (My tias and tios would be very disapointed)

The book is about the power going out in a small town in the middle of New Jersey, and know one knows why. Except these two kids who go to find the truth!

The book was VERY good and clean, but there is some violence in the town and gang activities. Other than that, perfectly safe. The only thing that I was like, “What…” at was the kids parents were really bad parents. They apparently go drinking a lot, and his dad is like 20 years older than his mom… (weird) And his step-brother’s friends apparently think his mother has a great ‘shape’… (Their words not mine) That was like the only ‘inappropriate’ thing I found, but the rest of the book is clean.

Over all, I enjoyed the book a lot and would suggest it to kids. But ask your parents first! I hope you all have a book-filled day! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • A very funny realistic book for boys.
  • Lots of Spanish too!


  • Some mention of gang violence, rough neighborhoods and alcohol.

Luis Cardenal is toasting a Pop-Tart when a power outage strikes Hampton, New Jersey. Elevators and gas pumps fail right away; soon cell phones die and grocery shelves empty. Cold and in the dark, people begin to get desperate.

Luis likes to know how things work, and the blackout gets him wondering: Where does the city’s electricity come from? What would cause it to shut down?

No one seems to have answers, and rumors are flying. Then a slip of the tongue gives Luis and his ex best friend Maura a clue. Brushed off by the busy police, the two sixth graders determine they are on their own. To get to the bottom of the mystery, they know they need to brave the abandoned houses of Luis’s poor neighborhood and find the homeless teen legend known as Computer Genius. What they don’t know is that someone suspects they know too much, someone who wants to keep Hampton in the dark.

In this electrifying mystery, two can-do sleuths embark on a high-tech urban adventure to answer an age-old question: Who turned out the lights?

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