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Dirkle Smat and the Viking Shield Paperback – February 28, 2008
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More About the Author
Lynn's other interests include family, 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!"
in 2013 Lynn founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit called Books on Wings® whose mission is to help close the achievement gap by getting books into the hands of kids who are at-risk of falling through the cracks. The organization provides curriculum approved books to schools that serve that community, and when the lessons are completed in the classroom each child goes home with a book as a permanent gift.
Visit her websites: www.lynngarthwaite.com, www.dirklesmat.com, and: www.booksonwings.org.
Top Customer Reviews
Dirkle Smat Inside Mount Flat Bottom
Dirkle Smat and the Flying Statue
Meet the Explorers Club, Dirkle Smat, leader of the group;, his brother Quid who always appears braver on the outside than he is truly feeling on the inside;, Fiddy Bublob, a.k.a. snack- bearer;, Bean Lumley, a true inventor; and Toonie Oobles who adds a touch of feminine sensibility to the troop. Each of these curious kids shows inventiveness and intelligence while solving some minor and some not-so-minor mysteries together.
In Inside of Mount Flatbottom the Club uses their creative inventions to spelunk a deep, dark cave and then stumbles on to the answer to a long- held myth. They also make some new friends in the process.
Dirkle Smat and the Flying Statue, the second book in the series, takes the reader along with the kids to a magical land where they find getting home might be a little more puzzling a predicament than they bargained for.
In the third book in the series, Dirkle Smat and the Viking Shield, Dirkle and his friends find a century's old map that leads them to a great historical treasure. The treasure inspires the kids to leave a bit of their own history to unearth.
Lynne Garthwaite's Dirkle Smat series is a fun trip to the worlds of wonder that are often right here in our own backyard. Each story shows the value of helping one another through team work, positive encouragement and planning. They display a great transitional reading level for those children just entering the chapter book stage while still giving them plenty of illustrations to keep it appealing and a length that won't overwhelm.Read more ›
I feel this book should be in every school and in the home of everyone who has children. We need to encourage our children to read and expand their imaginations. This book goes a long way in achieving this goal.
A true five star adventure for the entire family.
Have you ever gone searching for ancient artifacts? Yoips! Here's another adventure for Dirkle Smat and his Explorers Club buddies. At Lone Oak Bay on nearby Squabble Lake, a lone oak tree has fallen down during a storm. The ball of dirt surrounding the upended roots is taller than Dirkle. Along with his younger brother, Quid, Fiddy Bublob, Toonie Oobles, and Bean Lumley, Dirkle finds an old metal box while searching through those roots. It contains a letter from 1864 by Desmond Frank Wobnurt, along with a treasure map. However, there is a problem: The site where the treasure is supposed to be buried is now under Squabble Lake! What is the treasure? What new invention will Bean Lumley devise to help them access it? And will they actually find something, or is this all just a hoax?
When I was a child, I loved reading good adventure stories. In fact, I still do now! However, not many exciting adventure books have been written especially for younger readers. Author Lynn D. Garthwaite has come up with another winner. This early reader chapter book should capture the youngsters' attention and help get them hooked on reading. In addition to being a fun book to read, Dirkle Smat and the Viking Shield introduces children to the historical aspects of Norse visits to the North American continent before Columbus "discovered" America. Any book that emphasizes the importance and enjoyment of exploring our history to young people will get high praise from me. This is a truly enjoyable story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lynn Garthwaite has given us another wild ride in Dirkle Smat and the Viking Shield. This story is part of a delightful trio that sparks such imagination for young readers. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Michelle Hinck
My grandkids love all three of these books and are looking forward to reading the fourth when it comes out. We had a delightful afternoon immersed in the adventures.Published on October 28, 2012 by Nadia Giordana