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Smugglers at Whistling Sands (Lou Elliott Mystery Adventures Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 9 - 14|
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The Johnson parents are kind, patient and supportive, while still fairly realistic, which is a nice touch. There are pets, but they aren't featured and don't take up a lot of space. (Is it just me, or do pet monkeys and parrots get old fast? I think it's just me.) There are colorful secondary characters, (much better than Blyton's actually), who add a little variety to the proceedings. This particular volume has a lot of Welsh local color, which I especially enjoyed. The prose is competent, with nice little touches here and there, and the story does advance with energy and clarity. The stories are, of course, more modern, so we have mobile phones and the internet and the like, which is actually helpful for plotting and exposition. Being ebooks, all of the books in the series allow for the inclusion of photos, and I was surprised to find that I very much liked having an occasional photo of the Whistling Sands Beach, or the holiday caravan park, or some other scene, slipped on to a page. It added a nice bit of realism, and would probably be appreciated by a younger reader.
For what it's worth I thought there seemed to be a lot of whinging and crabbing and low grade conflict in this volume. But, I looked through a couple of Famous Five books and found there was just as much grumpiness and crabby behavior in those books. I realize now that as a kid I just took that verbal pushing and shoving in stride, and it's only here as I'm older that I notice it and remark on it. There's nothing mean or bullying going on, just the usually sibling conflict, and since the kids are otherwise generous and honorable and solicitous toward each other I can't honestly complain.
So, if you have a younger reader with a taste for classic style adventure who is ready to move a bit beyond chapter books, this might be a very nice choice. For what it's worth the "Click to Look Inside" feature on the Amazon site offers a generous sample that will give you a very fair taste of the book's style and content, as well as characters.
Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
Found it has it's bit of excitement, friendship and things going wrong, just what children need to see and yet the plot never went too overboard or allowed the children to get away with really silly things.. which is nice to see.
I will definitely be getting the next in the series and hope it is just as good.