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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Castle Keep Press (October 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596635126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596635128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,967,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynn Garthwaite was raised in the idyllic suburb of Bloomington, MN. An avid reader, Lynn began writing her own stories while still in elementary school and pictured herself as a professional writer from a very young age. After college she attended several screenwriting workshops and began writing screenplays in earnest. Several years and seven screenplays later, she put that ambition on the back burner to pursue other interests. When the urge to write hit again, she found that her passion had changed to children's literature, and the "Dirkle Smat Adventure Books" were born.

Lynn's other interests include family (a husband, two grown sons and a daughter-in-law), law enforcement (she's a retired police reserve officer in Bloomington) and gardening. She volunteers in the public schools, at church, and dabbles in local politics. She enjoys being the visiting author at elementary schools and structures her presentation to match the age group of the audience. The best part of author visits, she claims, is the question and answer session. "Kids ask the BEST questions!"

She has also been named the Writing Examiner on Minneapolis Examiner.com. Read her articles for advice to aspiring writers.

Visit her blog at: www.lynngarthwaiteblog.com and website at: www.dirklesmat.com

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This book is a marvelous gift to children.
Nancy Marquez
My grandchildren are enjoying the adventures of Dirkle Smat and I'm thrilled that Lynn Garthwaite has introduced such a terrific character to the world.
Gloria
The amusing names of the characters give the story an added humorous touch.
R. Marchessault

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Marchessault on November 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a whimsical adventure story that would be suitable especially for elementary age boys, but girls would like it too, since one of the members of Dirkle Smat's Explorers Club is a girl. The amusing names of the characters give the story an added humorous touch. Dirkle and his friends are very believable kids, and readers will enjoy documenting their own Explorer's Club adventures in the back of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on June 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
REVIEWED BY: Wayne S. Walker, reviewer with Stories for Children Magazine

Do you or your kids enjoy exploring caves? Dirkle Smat, his younger brother, Quid, and their three friends Fiddy Bublob, Bean Lumley, and Toonie Oobles (for those who might think that this book is only for boys, Toonie is a girl) have formed an Explorers Club. One Saturday morning, the five set off to investigate the opening to a tunnel at the base of Mount Flatbottom. After they had all biked to the mountain, Bean, the inventor, hands each of them one of his BL2 (Bean Lumley Second Generation) cave explorer's helmets with lights and extra batteries that are supposed to last for four hours. Away they go into the tunnel. Can you guess what amazing discovery they make? And what will they do with the knowledge they obtain?

Most youngsters enjoy reading adventure stories, and Dirkle Smat Inside Mount Flatbottom is a good one. The book is a fun and exciting read, but there is an additional underlying question to make children think. What would you do if you had some special information that a lot of people would like to know and might even make you famous, but that if widely known could adversely affect others? This question should provoke some interesting discussion between parents and children. Author Lynn Garthwaite and her husband have two sons, neither of whom is named Dirkle. But being the father of two boys myself, I suspect that their activities have provided Lynn with many ideas for her books. I give this one two thumbs up. Yoips!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Marquez on May 5, 2009
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I have fond memories of reading mysteries while curled up in my grandmother's rocking chair. This book is a marvelous gift to children. It uses whimsical language and a mystery they can solve to introduce them to reading. What a wonderful way to introduce your kids and grand-kids to a book they can call their very own. Nancy Lynn Jarvis The Death Contingency
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on May 5, 2009
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...to call this book his own. It's a delightful adventure story, great for boys and girls of elementary school age. Just like the Dr. Seuss books, this one is filled with outrageous characters with silly, imaginative names, that involve themselves in outlandish adventures. I love the name of its main character, Dirkle Smat - it's awesome! There are not enough GOOD children's books out there. This one is a happy addition to a short list. Let's hope there'll be more in the future!Escaping Innocence: A Story of Awakening
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Willems on July 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
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I just finished book number 1. It was cute without being cutesy, funny without being silly, and warm without being mushy. The plot sparks the imagination. Each chapter is laden with rich vocabulary. I recommend this book to parents and teachers who could use it as a partner reading activity.
I think kids will love it.
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