Review! Amanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone by Darlene Foster

13 Nov

perf5.0625x7.8125.inddAmanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone

By Darlene Foster

156 pages – ages 8+
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on July 11, 2014

Amanda is back in an all-new adventure, but this time, it’s on her turf! Leah (Amanda’s friend) has come all the way from England to visit Amanda in her province of Alberta, Canada. Everything goes well, until a rodeo clown drops a strange stone. Amanda picks it up, and tries to return it to the clown, but she was too late – he was gone. The stone was round and had a marking on it. Suddenly, people seem to be wanting the stone urgently, although their purposes may be unclear – and maybe even dangerous!

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!

I give “The Writing on the Stone” five out of five bookworms! fivebooks

Want to learn more? Visit Darlene Foster’s website by clicking HERE!


48 Responses to “Review! Amanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone by Darlene Foster”

  1. Patricia Tilton November 13, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Love Darlene’s series. Great video. Am introducing my great granddaughter to her first book. This one sounds like a gem.


    • Darlene November 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words Patricia. I hope your great granddaughter is enjoying the first book.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      It is a great series! 😀


  2. Christie Allred November 13, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    If I were a teacher, I would want this entire collection in my classroom library. Nice recommendation. 🙂


    • Darlene November 14, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

      Thanks Christie. A writer needs to here things like this. A few teachers have stocked the school library with my books.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

      They are wonderful books!


  3. yvettecarol November 14, 2014 at 12:11 am #

    So great to have more good book role models!


    • Darlene November 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

      Amanda is an ordinary girl with a big heart and a curious mind. I´m pleased that she is considered a good role modal.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

      Amanda is a great kid! 😀


  4. writersideup November 14, 2014 at 1:29 am #

    Every picture I’ve ever seen of that area of the world is breathtaking. And such high praise, Erik 🙂 That says a lot! 🙂


    • Darlene November 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

      It is an amazing part of the world. Even though I grew up there, I began to appreciate it more when I began to write the book.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

      Thank you! It is a great series! It makes you want to travel the world! 😀


  5. Diane Tulloch November 14, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    Lovely Review, of a wonderful series. I am in the middle of reading this book. Very hard to put down, Darlene does write a very exciting story with believable characters and you are drawn in right from the first page. Loved the video.


  6. Genevieve Petrillo November 14, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    Once I tried to eat a stone. Mom said the word, “Drop it” and the stone jumped out of my mouth. I think it would’ve been delicious. I wonder if my teeth made any writing on it…..

    Love and licks,


    • Darlene November 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

      Maybe you did write on that stone! I think it is good that Mom told you to spit it out as it would not have been good for your teeth or tummy.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 14, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

      Um… Sure. Cupcake, just beware of jumping stones! 😉


  7. Darlene November 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Thanks for this fabulous review Erik! I am so pleased you enjoyed Amanda´s adventure on her own turf. Alberta is a BIG province with big things and big smiles. You would love it there.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

      Thank YOU for writing this amazing book, Ms. Foster! I hope to go to Alberta someday! 😀
      Maybe you can have Amanda go to as many countries as possible – it would give you an excuse to go places! 😉


  8. Darlene November 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    Reblogged this on Darlene Foster's Blog and commented:
    A wonderful review by one of my favourite kid book reviewers. This made my day.


  9. georgettesullins November 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    I bet this did make your day. What sweet reward for your work and home province.


    • Darlene November 18, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

      This certainly made all the work I put into the book worth it. So pleased others will learn more about my home province.


  10. readingwithrhythm November 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    That Amanda sure gets around!! I need to meet her! Thanks Erik for sharing this series!


  11. Diane Mae Robinson November 14, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    Your book sounds fantastic,Darlene! I live in Alberta too, a town that has the world’s first U.F.O. Landing pad (probably only landing pad in the world, who else would wnat one?) Best wishes on your book’s success!


  12. macjam47 November 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    I’ve never read any of the books in this series, but this looks like a good book to introduce me to Amanda.


  13. LovableLobo November 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Sounds like quite an adventure! Great review, SuperKid!


  14. clarbojahn November 16, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    That is an awesome review, Erik. You did a great job. The book is really good and I enjoyed as well when I read and reviewed it on my blog.

    Darlene Foster is a wonderful author. 🙂


  15. heylookawriterfellow November 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    I have never heard of this series. I am intrigued…



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