Amanda 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!
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.
Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting
by Darlene Foster
104 pages – ages 8+
Published by ireadiwrite Publishing on May 4, 2011
Amanda is on another adventure (see my review of “Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask” HERE)! This time Amanda is in Spain with her friend, Leah and Leah’s family. In the beginning of the story they are all visiting a museum. Amanda sees a painting of a girl and she thinks the girl looks so very real. Later, Amanda actually sees the girl from the painting! Everywhere Amanda goes she sees the girl and Amanda realizes that she needs help. Amanda and Leah now get involved in a big rescue mission to help save the girl and her little pony from a mean horse dealer.
I really liked the first Amanda book – “Amanda in Arabia”, and this book was just as awesome! The plot is very good and Amanda is a character everyone will like. I like how I learned a lot about Spain in this book because of the places Amanda goes and the people she meets. I hope I get to go to Spain someday! The cover is pretty cool too. I like the photos.The story is a great adventure and I think boys and girls would like it. I think this is a great book and a clean read except for a couple “OMG’s”s in it. I recommend this book to kids 8+
I give “Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting” five out of five book worms!
Check out the trailer (I love the music)!
For more information about the Amanda series and Ms. Foster’s other books, please visit Ms. Foster’s website HERE and her blog HERE.
Get ready for Amanda’s NEXT adventure when she goes to England! Ms. Foster just blogged about sending “Amanda in England – The Missing Novel” to her publisher and hopefully it will be published this August!