Review! Amanda on the Danube by Darlene Foster

13 Dec

danubeAmanda on the Danube: The Sounds of Music
By Darlene Foster 
128 pages – ages 9+
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on October 1, 2016

Synopsis- Amanda Ross is back on another trip, and this time, she and her friend Leah and their families are going on a river cruise up the Danube River in Germany! All was going well, until Amanda agrees to hold onto a violin for a small boy living on the streets. That’s when it becomes apparent that someone else wants the violin too. But who? And why? Amanda and Leah are back on the case!

What I Thought- I really like this series. Ms. Foster has a neat way of writing that involves the adventure and intrigue of a mystery, but while also including information about real-life places. The book follows Amanda, Leah, and their families as they travel on the Danube River in Germany, and we learn things as they learn them. There is a neat mystery/thriller type plot, and even though I could guess what was going to come for some of the plot twists, it was still a good story that kids will like. This book is a shining example of great, well-written, age-appropriate middle-grade books! Ms. Foster has something great going on with this series, and I cannot wait to read the next book and see where Amanda goes next!

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I give this book five out of five bookworms!

If you are looking for a great holiday gift for a middle-grade reader who likes learning about different parts of the world while getting a good mystery, I recommend the Amanda series! There are five books in all. I really like how they take place all over the world.

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29 Responses to “Review! Amanda on the Danube by Darlene Foster”

  1. Lisa Orchard December 13, 2016 at 7:14 am #

    I’m going to recommend these to my middle grade librarians. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Darlene December 14, 2016 at 11:15 am #

      Thanks, Lisa. I love to see my books in school libraries.

      Liked by 1 person

    • ThisKidReviewsBooks December 19, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

      It’s a really neat series! And, that reminds me – what do you think of being a librarian? I would love that. 🙂

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      • Lisa Orchard December 19, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

        I love it, Erik. It’s such a great job. I get to talk books with a lot of kids and I help them with their papers because they use the computers in the library to work on them. It’s fun to help them with their writing, too. 🙂

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      • ThisKidReviewsBooks December 19, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

        I can imagine! And aren’t you close to your kids too (or are you in a different school?)?

        Liked by 1 person

      • Lisa Orchard December 20, 2016 at 10:29 pm #

        I’m in a different school, but I’ll be there when they get to high school. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • ThisKidReviewsBooks December 21, 2016 at 6:53 am #

        I bet they’ll appreciate that. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • Lisa Orchard December 21, 2016 at 8:13 am #

        We’ll see! It might not be so cool to have Mom at school when they’re older. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Darlene December 13, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    Thank you for this fab review of Amanda´s latest adventure. So pleased it passed the kid review test!!

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  3. Patricia Tilton December 13, 2016 at 9:57 am #

    What a great review of Amanda on the Danube! I enjoyed the combination of mystery and travel. Such a fun series.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. writersideup December 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    I love the subtitles and the whole look/feel of the series, Erik. Thanks for making me aware of them! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Darlene December 14, 2016 at 11:18 am #

      Thanks for your comments. Subtitles are difficult to come up with, so I am pleased you like them. My publisher has done a great job of creating the perfect covers.

      Liked by 1 person

    • ThisKidReviewsBooks December 19, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

      It’s a great series! I think you would like them! 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  5. Laura Best December 13, 2016 at 10:04 pm #

    A wonderful review! I believe my granddaughter will soon be old enough to enjoy the books in this series. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews December 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

    This seems interesting. Nice review, Erik. I love the cover.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Darlene December 15, 2016 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks, Sue. My publisher did a fabulous job on the cover, glad you like it.

      Like

    • ThisKidReviewsBooks December 19, 2016 at 10:44 pm #

      Thank you! It’s a great series! 😀

      Like

  7. roughwighting December 16, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    I’ve got one waiting for my 8-year-old granddaughter Sophie for Christmas, and my son is ordering two more for Sophie, his niece, for the holiday too!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. ThisKidReviewsBooks January 11, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

    Thank you!

    Like

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