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Amanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B016TX3LSE
- Publisher : Central Avenue Publishing; None ed. edition (July 11, 2014)
- Publication date : July 11, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 746 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 144 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1771680199
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,432,230 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a marvelous book, one that made me feel like I was there with Amanda and Leah. Ms. Foster really has a way of taking you through the landmarks of Alberta. I found it funny that Alberta has both the World’s Biggest Dinosaur, and the World’s Largest Tipi – Alberta must be a big province! ;) Amanda is a great middle-grade character. She is a friendly person, and a wonderful role model. Leah is a pretty cool Brit. ;) The plot is fun and engaging as are all of the Amanda books. I love how Ms. Foster puts the reader right in the action and kids get to learn about the exciting places Amanda goes. The action and mystery in the book makes it a fun read for kids!
What a delightful story! Amanda is excited to spend time with her friend, Leah, and show her around during her holiday with Amanda's family. I really enjoyed 're-visiting' some of these places with them, while also learning new facts. Being a dinosaur nerd (I love that great aunt Mary is a paleontologist), I wish we'd been able to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum and see the World's Biggest Dinosaur - maybe on our next visit.
Amanda is intelligent, feisty, and adventure-loving, and her inquisitive nature soon draws the girls into a mystery which results in some perilous situations. They run into some pretty unsavory characters while trying to learn more about the markings on the stone.
The author does a wonderful job of blending educational facts with a mystery and adventure that will thrill young (and older!) readers. These are quick reads I'd highly recommend, and I look forward to traveling with Amanda to more destinations.
In addition to all of the interesting historical facts, Foster writes an entertaining work of fiction. Amanda finds a stone with unusual markings on it. She wants to present the rock to her Great Aunt Mary, a paleontologist, to find out more about it, but before she can, she discovers that many other characters are interested in her stone. Hank McGavity, a former ranchhand, is the one most obsessed and is willing to threaten and possibly harm Amanda to get it.
I think many kids would enjoy this book. I found some of the dialogue between Amanda and Leah to be unnatural in places, but overall, this is an excellent children's book.
I really liked how the middle graders/ preteen’s used their instagram and computers in the book, making it truly contemporary. The beginning of the book nicely set up for the conflict later on. I think this is a valuable addition to every preteen library.