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A Stairway To Danger (A Shakertown Adventure Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00AGESBT2
- Publisher : Miller-Martin Press; 1st edition (December 15, 2013)
- Publication date : December 15, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2298 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 123 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,012,273 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book was reminiscent of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn adventures and Franklin W. Dixon’s Hardy Boys series. There’s mention of Mark Twain’s books within this story, so I got a sense that this is what the author was going for.
There’s sufficient suspense and mystery for both children and adults to find here. I was fairly sure I knew where the mystery was going early on, but that didn’t take away from the story for me. The characters are likable and, for the most part, relatable and realistic.
I would have much preferred that the swear words were left out, and I’ve noticed that other reviewers mention this as well. While this might be considered genuine dialogue for characters in this age group (even in 1923), I honestly feel this might be a deal breaker for young readers. On the other hand, if this book is geared toward the YA crowd, those readers might find the story slightly juvenile. Just something to keep in mind.
I appreciated that the author included some background on the story at the end of the book. As an avid reader, I enjoy knowing how an author came up with the elements of a story. I found the author’s brief history of Shakertown interesting. Well worth the read!
Will and Tom are hunting for hidden gold, but what they find instead is a dead body. Now, the strange barge that appeared in the river is even more mysterious and the boys are certain it has something to do with the dead body they discovered. The sheriff is no help and someone seems to be spying on them. The boys are determined to get to the bottom of this, but their meddling could lead to their demise.
Filled with twists and turns, A Stairway to Danger is a well written thriller that will appeal to young adult readers. The story is set in the 1920's and Will and Tom's antics reminded me of the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I loved that Tom was an avid reader and referenced many books when relaying his plans, to uncover the barge's secrets, to Will. I also like that only snippets of Tom's dark past are brought to life, compelling readers to grab the next book. A Stairway to Danger is an all around sensational read.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
The dialogue is superb and the cast of characters, James, Junior and Mr. Brent, to name a few, are carefully crafted with easily discernible personalities. The book is sprinkled with humor, along with the action and the story carries the reader quickly from beginning to end.
In true Ben Woodard form, it’s a good read.
I also want to compliment the cover designer. I would pick this book up at any book store just by seeing the cover. Waiting to read the next in the series.
I found this novel to be reminiscent of the Hardy Boy series, except it is geared toward an older audience. The characters are well-thought out and realistic and the author gives the reader a good sense of the time period. Ben Woodard is an excellent writer who knows how to plot and plan a great adventure story.
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Some details are very endearing, such as one boy drawing ideas from books he had read, so he could forge valid plans to save his friends. There is a hidden quality in the villagers that didn't show in the beginning. A good point made, not to judge people by their behaviour or the gossip floating around.
The chapters are short, the language very suitable for young readers, without putting off adults.