Review! The Mysterious Abductions by Tracey Hecht

12 May

nocturalsThe Mysterious Abductions

Series: The Nocturnals #1

Written by Tracey Hecht

Illustrated by Kate Liebman

232 pages – ages 7+

Published by Fabled Films on April 19, 2016

Synopsis- Tobin the pangolin was walking home when a pomelo fell on his head. As he went to eat it, a sugar glider named Bismark claimed that it was his pomelo. Dawn, a nearby fox heard the commotion and came to investigate. After solving the problem, the animals decide to form the Nocturnal Brigade-a team devoted to helping other creatures of the night, such as themselves. Just one thing – they didn’t expect their skills to be needed so soon! They hear a scream, and find a frightened wombat by a riverbank. Her brother had been abducted! Now it is up to the Nocturnal Brigade to find him and bring him back. But with more abductions happening, will they figure it out in time?

What I Thought- This was a fun story that teaches a little bit about certain nocturnal creatures. I had not heard of a pangolin before, and I ended up looking them up (they’re pretty cool – you should do it!). The characters each have distinct personalities that you really get to know as the book goes on. I liked that when the bad guy comes to his senses he isn’t truly punished, but he is not necessarily forgiven (we can’t forgive you yet, sort of thing) – which I thought was a good lesson for kids, that if they do something bad, they won’t get forgiven instantly. There are neat illustrations throughout the book, and they are instantly likeable. I really liked Ms. Hecht’s writing style, and the loopy story and characters she wrote. I cannot wait for book 2!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

14 Responses to “Review! The Mysterious Abductions by Tracey Hecht”

  1. Joanna May 12, 2016 at 7:35 am #

    I have to say the opening line of your synopsis hooked me in. A pangolin and a pomelo, yeah!


  2. rnewman504 May 12, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    Sounds like a great read. I’ve never heard of a pomelo or a pangolin. Great review, Erik!


  3. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews May 12, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

    I loved this book and can’t wait for book two, which I think comes but very soon. Nice review Erik. Point to me. 😆

    Liked by 1 person

  4. julie rowan zoch May 14, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    Bummed! Can’t get this through my library.


    • Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews May 22, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

      Julie, the author published this under her new publishing company (essentially its self-published), but worth the read. You won five books at KLR, I’ll make sure my copy gets to you.

      Liked by 2 people

      • julie rowan zoch May 23, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

        Oh! I’m such a scatterbrain! How did I do that?


      • nocturnalsworld June 2, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

        Thanks Sue! Happy that you were able to help Julie out! Congratulations on the win, Julie! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    • ThisKidReviewsBooks May 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

      That’s a shame. 🙂



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