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Review! The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson

28 Jul

The World’s Greatest Detective
By Caroline Carlson
373 pages – ages 9+
Published by on HarperCollins on May 16, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- “Detectives’ Row is full of talented investigators, but Toby Montrose isn’t one of them. He’s only an assistant at his uncle’s detective agency, and he’s not sure he’s even very good at that. Toby’s friend Ivy is the best sleuth around—or at least she thinks so. They both see their chance to prove themselves when the famed Hugh Abernathy announces a contest to choose the World’s Greatest Detective. But when what was supposed to be a game turns into a real-life murder mystery, can Toby and Ivy crack the case?”

What I Thought- This was a really great novel! It’s written by the author of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series (which I love), and this book is just as great! The world that Carlson creates is reminiscent of the great era of mystery writers, keeping in that older time when automobiles were still new. It is surely a period for interesting detectives, as there is little to no “easy way out” to find the answer (ie, hacking into security cameras, DNA testing, etc.). Carlson creates characters that keep you wanting to read more. They are perfectly imperfect enough that you want to follow them and find out how they get out of troublesome situations. I liked that the story eases kids to the murder mystery genre in a totally acceptable read. I also love that she shows flaws in her main characters – the two kids are both good and bad detectives – making the kids feel alright if their guesses are wrong. Carlson’s writing strengths shine in this book. She can write with a wackiness a subtle type of humor that brightens tense situations. I really hope there is a second book!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Review! The Buccaneer’s Code by Caroline Carlson

4 Feb

the-buccaneers-codeThe Buccaneer’s Code

Series: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #3

By Caroline Carlson

320 pages – ages 8+

Published by HarperCollins on September 8, 2015

Synopsis- Hilary Westfield, the Terror of the Southlands, and her ragamuffin crew of pirates are back in an all new adventure! And it all started when three pirates came out to Westfield manor (Hilary’s parents’ house, where she was staying for a little vacation) in regards to an ad that she didn’t put out. The ad, apparently, said that Hilary was going up against the pirate Blacktooth’s presidency of the Very Nearly Honourable League of Pirates. After all, Captain Blacktooth was part of the kingdom-threatening Mutineers – without proof of course. But how can Hilary get the necessary 200 pirates needed to compete against Blacktooth? Especially when there are punishments for pirates that even look at Hilary or her crew!

What I Thought- Ms. Carlson does a fabulous job of weaving humor into a serious adventure. The characters are wacky, and they keep you laughing as they go about their days. The adventure in the story is something young readers will appreciate and get lost in. Between the chapters, there are little mail correspondences and newspaper articles, etc., between characters – it’s a cool addition. The dialogue is spot on for the characters and the care Carlson takes with it adds dimension to the characters. I should mention the series features a female pirate as the lead character and she is awesome. The story keeps you hooked from the very beginning. I can’t say enough about Carlon’s writing. She keeps a reader enthralled with the story. Even reluctant readers will devour her books. I love this series and I am sad to see it come to an end with this, the third book in the trilogy.  Will pirate Hillary Westfield sail again? I can only hope.

I give this book five out of five bookworms.fivebooks

Review! The Terror of The Southlands by Caroline Carlson

30 Dec

veryhonThe Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: The Terror of The Southlands (Book 2)

By Caroline Carlson

336 pages – ages 9+

Published by HarperCollins on September 9, 2014

Synopsis- [From the Jacket Flap] Hilary Westfield is a pirate. In fact, she’s the Terror of the Southlands! She’s daring, brave, fearless, and… in a rut. Maybe she hasn’t found any treasure lately. And maybe she isn’t fighting off as many scallywags as she’d like. But does that mean she and her loyal crew (including a magical gargoyle) deserve to be kicked out of the ranks of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates?

But when the Enchantress of the North goes missing (presumed kidnapped), and the Queen’s Inspectors are doing a terrible job, it seems like the Enchantress has only one chance of rescue – the Terror of the Southlands and her crew! But what if rescuing a friend isn’t considered a very piratey thing to do?

What I Liked- This is the second book in the “The Nearly Honorable League of Pirates” series. I enjoyed the first book, “Magic Marks the Spot”, very much. For all who like a moderate fantasy with the lure of daring pirates and and snarky High Society (rich people) families, this series is for you! Hilary is a daring girl who is crossing boundaries by being one of the first female pirates ever (and she’s good at it too!). Hilary is a good role model for young girls (except those in High Society, of course). She thinks cleverly and quickly. I especially like her companion, Gargoyle. He was always a source of humor to me. The action on this book never stops, and you can’t put the book down! I read this in 2 sittings (as in, I had to go to bed sometime… But then I finished it in the morning. 🙂 )! Ms. Carlson is a marvelous author, and, after meting her, I determined she is a very nice lady. The book is very fun to read as well. There are letters, pages from newspapers, etc. (all fictional) from the characters (and their associates) between almost every chapter (if not all). Those were a great touch!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

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