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Gunrunner Moon by [Ditto, Ed]
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Length: 196 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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What do diamonds, a sunken Civil War smuggler's ship, a mysterious missing captain's log books, and homeschooled teenagers have in common? A great story, that's what!
--Michelle Pierce, HomeschoolLiterature.com

About the Author

Ed Ditto is a homeschooling father who lives and works in Appalachian Tennessee. Join him at EdDitto.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466310286
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H3VSJM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Phoebe Roberts on August 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Disclosure: I got a free, no-review-required, copy of this book after responding to the author's offer on the Amazon Meet Our Authors forum. I bought my own copy when I was 15% through - and while I've got a Kindle-ful of freebies, I don't buy many books, much less books I already own.

The product description has a decent synopsis of the plot, so I won't bother rehashing.

I didn't anticipate liking this book for myself; the MOA offer mentioned The Hardy Boys, which I loved as a teen, and found better remembered than reread as an adult. But I'm always looking for books appropriate for a precocious eight-year-old. It's hard to find books that are appropriate both in reading level and content for a kid whose reading ability outstrips her emotional maturity. When I was 20% through this book, I told her to close up her Percy Jackson and read this instead. (She filed it away into the "Mom said I should read this" category, instead, but that's her loss.)

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Gunrunner Moon is both appropriate for her and hugely enjoyable for me. The action pulled me in from the very first page, and never let go. I particularly loved the kids, who were by turns childishly naive, truly intelligent, and too smart for their own good. The characters were well-rounded, and the dialogue rang true. The book isn't a comedy, but I found myself laughing more than once, at a particularly enjoyable turn of phrase or plot twist. There are some places where I found my suspension of disbelief a little strained, but it was more "How did I get all the way up here, and why is there no net?" than "No, I don't think I can go there.
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A quality YA novel perfect for young readers who are looking for a good adventure with an interesting mystery.

When I saw another review mentioning Hardy Boys that is what came to mind when I reached the halfway point. Except, I found the writing level in this book superior to what I can remember of the HB books.

This book contained no overt violence, no sexual situations, no bad language, but did contain a good helping of action and adventure. The characters were believable, and each one stood out on their own. They mystery was maintained until the end and that ending was satisfying.

I would recommend this book for those looking for an action/adventure story for them, or their young ones over 10. The author even included a "how I wrote this book" study guide on his website that details how he constructed the story and why he made certain decisions along the way. That guide is an excellent resource for young writers who want to learn the craft of writing a full-length novel.

Based on the content, I would have normally rated this book 4 stars, but the addition of the writing guide available on his website bumped it to 5.
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As a teacher, I am always looking for books that would be of interest to my students. Gunrunner Moon is an excellent choice for pre-teen/teen kids who want a book filled with a lot of action and adventure. The precocious Cosgrove characters are both curious and intelligent, a good combination that leads to great and risky adventures. The story is very well written and the adventures the Cosgrove kids found themselves in had me turning pages until the very end. There were so many twists and turns in the story line that I was kept guessing as to who the real villains were.

Because I am also a parent, as a teacher, I will always take a conservative approach when recommending books to students. Just because a book is on the appropriate reading level for a child, does not mean the content is appropriate. I am happy to say that Gunrunner Moon is cleanly written with no vulgar language or sexual situations that would make the book inappropriate for children. While there is mild violence involved, the details are conveyed in such a way to leave out all the gory details. The Cosgrove children find themselves in situations which are potentially dangerous, but always manage escape harm. The brother/sister combination of likeable characters makes this book an equally good recommendation for both pre-teen/teen boys and girls.

This is a great book, and not just for teenagers. I also enjoyed reading this book, as an adult, and will gladly be reading more books from this talented author.

Review written by Gwendolin Schwartz, 2012
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As I was reading the discussion forums one day looking for my next great read, I came across Ed Ditto's offer of a copy of his book Gunrunner Moon. I really enjoy reading authors that I am unfamiliar with and this book seems like it would be interesting.

The editorial reviews referred to this story as being for Young Adults so I was curious as to how it was written. The story was a catcher from the beginning, interesting kids that are precocious and very intelligent who become involved in a lot of exciting and action filled adventures. Just good clean fun which is so refreshing given some of the books and movies that are out today. It was very nice to see that a talented author doesn't need to include vulgarity and gore to write a good story.

Mr. Ditto has gives us a lot of twists and turns which keep the story going and keep the reader involved. There is a lot going on in this book and the plot keeps you guessing as to who is the bad guy. This book offers a lot to not just younger readers but readers of all ages.....I am a senior and I really enjoyed it.

Thank you very much for sharing a copy of this book with me and I am looking forward to the sequel. Write Faster!
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