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- Print Length: 186 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 11, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S4QR26C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,657 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Secret of Sinbad's Cave (The Natnat Adventures Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This author has put together all of the necessary elements of a good YA book - a cast of appealing, resourceful kids, a wise adult who guides them, bumbling parents who get in their way, a crisis that must be dealt with, and (of course) villains to pit their wits against.
It's set in present-day New Zealand and is a fine introduction to the complicated, fascinating Maori culture. There are traditional themes (sibling rivalry; the threatened loss of the family's beloved sheep ranch; young romance) and modern ones (divorce; loss of wilderness and natural beauty to over-development.) Nat's family history includes secrets that her father is reluctant to share with his children. Old Abraham and his young protege Riki represent the ancient civilization that was almost destroyed as European settlers took over their lands and forced them into the background. Today efforts are being made to revive Maori culture, but the scars are deep.
There's magic in the hills and caves that can only be seen by children, but there's also danger. The hidden treasure represents great wealth and the power that comes with it. Nat and her brother and sister and their friends Elijah and Barnaby are tough, active bush kids and accustomed to taking care of themselves, but they're up against a well-organized, well-funded gang who are ready to spill blood if it means getting possession of the fabled jewels.
This is a first book and I think it's a bit rough in places. Most of the dialogue is natural and realistic, but occasionally it's stilted. Hard to imagine a rancher referring to "sheep poo." More likely to call it 'manure" or worse. Sometimes the kids sound a little too formal and "adult" but the author probably knows more about how tweens talk than I do. I wondered why the kids had to rappel down the cliff-side to a spot that Abraham reached in his truck. Maybe I missed something.
Still, the young people are likable and it's impossible not to hold your breath as they face dangers and cheer for them when they're successful. I think this author has created characters that will sustain a series. I down-loaded this one for free, but I've already bought the follow-up book. I want to read more!
I would suggest that readers of this book down-load the Oxford English Dictionary. It contains a surprising number of the New Zealand words that I needed to look up. There's also a glossary of Maori words at the end of the book. I would prefer for it to be at the front so that I could have familiarized myself with the words before I encountered them. I learned a lot from this book and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Oh, and what about the treasure maps that were found accidentally? That is the beginning part of the story and Kathleen has discovered maps dating back to the 1800's. The remainder of the young adults are so intrigued by this find that they are anxious to solve the mystery. It should also be mentioned that their farm is in a dire situation and will go up for sale soon.
In the final analysis, the reader is taken on a fascinating journey into grottos, a mystical land with little people, graced by the appearance of a fantail bird named Pi and enlightened with the wisdom of Abraham. On the opposite side, there are a couple of evil doers....Drake and Cortez that are also trying to locate the treasure by whatever means possible.
A most entertaining read for me and it contains mysteries, lots of mayhem and a wonderful ending.
Most highly recommended and for multiple reasons.
Nat, Jack and Kathleen's adventure began with the dismissal of the school holidays. They arrived at their father's farm only to learn it was to go on the market the following week because it hadn't been making money for a long time. Nat and her siblings were devastated. The farm was an important part of their life. It was their home. Kathleen, Nat's younger sister was especially upset when she learned they would have to sell the horses too. The children had two more weeks to go on adventures at the farm and they planned to take advantage of every minute.
I admired Nat's character. She's adventurous, brave and a trueborn leader. Kathleen and her antics led Nat and Jack to a treasure map from the 1800's. Teaming with their neighborhood friends, a Maori girl named Riki and two other boys, the children devise a plan to find the treasure.
With an exciting mystery to solve and the quest to save the family farm, the children set out on a secret mission. The roller coaster ride of events kept me on the edge of my seat. The adventure turned out to be more than the children bargained for when they realized they were not the only ones seeking the treasure. While reading this tale of cave exploration and mystical fantasy, I found myself cheering the kids on with each milestone they conquered.
I would recommend The Secret of Sinbad's Cave to anyone of any age seeking entertainment and high adventure.
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