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Author: Jan E. Culbertson

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Publisher: Bookstand Publishing,

Material: paperback

Summary: When mom announced that they were going on a two-week vacation to Hawaii, Bianca and Alyssa were ecstatic and could hardly wait to get on the plane. For weeks prior to leaving, they could think of little else. Once there, they were mesmerized by Hawaii’s natural beauty, the warmth of the Hawaiian people, and the beach and ocean. Little did they suspect that they would become involved in the discovery, robbery, and recovery of the Ke Kapuna Kane tiki, one of Hawaii’s most revered pieces of religious and cultural art. This is an advanced reader adventure mystery.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 8 to 13

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Read by a student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)

Young Reader Reaction: BTSYA: This 88 page book is the perfect book for kids ages 9 to 12. The language was really descriptive, especially when Alyssa and Bianca were peeking into the window of the criminal’s house. I particularly liked the part when Kaimi went surfing with Alyssa and Bianca. There were some parts of the book that I didn’t like; not a lot, but some. There where places in the story where the girls immediately knew how to solve the problem. For example on page 48. The one thing I really didn’t like about book wasn’t about the passage, but the book's length. It is too short. There are breathtaking events, but I would have probably liked it better if there where more of them. This has been a great book to read. It would be probably the best to get this book from the library because it is so short.
Woodside student: I love adventures. This book reminded me of Indiana Jones stuff. It was too short.

Adult Reader Reaction: Readers will find likable characters, an interesting plot, and a wholesome and enjoyable teen adventure story.

Pros: This is a wholesome teenage adventure story. The main characters are two pre-teen sisters and their mom on a vacation. Young teens will enjoy reading … a couple of times, if not more.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy as a gift for pre-teen girls. Although boys may enjoy the story, it will resonate most strongly with adolescent girls.


Educational Themes: In addition to following the escapades of two pre-teens who visit Hawaii, the book provides the reader with an enjoyable and educational experience.

Notes: Winner of the 2006 Gold Medal from the Military Writer's Society of America. This book is also available as an eBook.

Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2007

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