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“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.”
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, Time Warner Book Group,
Summary: Despite horrible weather, G. Codd Fitzmorgan made it safely to Hunter Island, North Carolina. Everyone is here to celebrate Justine Pinkerton's upcoming wedding ... except the groom. When his empty plane lands on the runway, it's time for G. Codd to step forward to help a dear family friend. This is the second installment in the historical mystery series set in the early 20th Century.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 and up
Interest Level: 8 to 13
Young Reader Reaction: Pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This was a fun, fast read. Do read Swindled first, though. Otherwise, you won't understand how the Fitzmorgan and Pinkerton families are connected.
Pros: The story keeps you guessing until the end ... it is written in the venerable style of the Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, and Hardy Boys series. The illustrations and sidebar factoids are perfect for "antsy" readers and will keep them reading.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a paperback series that is well worth the investment. The pages will be dog-earred by Mom, Dad, and the kids.
Educational Themes: The story is pure mystery, but the historical elements offer opportunities for additional, extra-curricular research about crime-solving techniques; prohibition; magic and illusion; and headlines of the day.
Literary Categories: Fiction - mystery, detective stories, historical fiction, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: July 2006
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