Camp Penguin is a curated list of 14 books for eight to 12 year olds

I received I Spy the Illuminati Eye for my 10-year-old son as he was reading a series of books that mentioned this secret organization. I finished the book, he did not.

The book seemed less about the Illuminati then the Freemasons and other secret organizations that may exist today. He was bored, which is unfortunate because the book was written for his age group, which made it less enjoyable for me.

Like my son, I enjoyed the information about the Illuminati, but didn’t care about the Skull and Bone Society, which apparently former U.S. president George Bush and John Kerry, the Democratic nominee, were both members of, although no one will speak of it.

What I found most interesting about secret societies is that fact the Illuminati in particular was started in the age of enlightened thinking, where members weren’t looking to the royal family and religious rulers for guidance and answers.

Instead, they believed, according to the boo, people “would only be happy when they were free of the powerful, self-serving leaders who kept the majority of folks poor and ignorant.”

Yet the secret society was all about rules and levels of power, not everyone was equal.

There was some interesting bits in here, quizzes, examples of some conspiracies, potential celebrity members of the Illuminati, but no real facts. I guess the secret society did a great job of keeping themselves, well, secret.

Graphic of a camp sign with mountains in the background
Camp Penguin is a curated list for eight to 12 year olds. How many will you read this year?

I Spy the Illuminati Eye What’s the Big Secret is by Sheila Keenan ($11.99, Penguin Workshop) and is part of Camp Penguin’s reading list for kids eight to 12. The reading list includes non-fiction, graphic novels, modern classics and some of the publisher’s bestselling middle grade fiction. Also on the list is Iain Lawrence’s The Skeleton Tree, which was amazing. For details, about Camp Penguin, visit their this blog post.

A copy of this book was provided by Penguin Books Canada for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.