Author – Marina Cohen
Age – 10+
11 yr old Quinn has had a rough time of it lately, her younger sister’s disappearance turning her world upside down. And Quinn believes it was her fault. To make things worse, her best friend Kara is moving across the country and Quinn misses her already.
Kara’s parents invite Quinn on a road trip with them, so the girls can have time together before their move and on the way across the desert, they stop at a hotel. Inn Between.
Despite the staff being incredibly friendly, Quinn’s feeling of dread hasn’t diminished ever since they took the turnoff to the hotel. When Kara’s parents vanish and then her older brother too, the girls are left to try and figure out why.
What is the strange hum that Quinn can hear? Why is a strange old man following them everywhere? And what grabbed her leg in the swimming pool?
Sometimes sad, sometimes creepy and with a clever conclusion, this story is packed with plot and twists and turns to keep any tween reading. I never expected the ending. Great read.
(Creepy, Eerie, Spooky, Friendship, Guilt, Abduction, Disappearance, Siblings, School)
Author – Justine Windsor
Illustrator – Becka Moor
Age – 7+
Lucy and her parents are gamblers and they have something that ensures they always win when they need to. But someone has figured them out and suddenly Lucy is part of a bet and they lose!
She is taken to a grand house by Lord Grave and is to be his boot girl. She is used to a grander life and balks at her new one, but is soon caught up in a scheme of magical proportions. Flying horses, tears in time, missing children and black panthers – not to mention an evil witch and a farting cat.
Lucy’s gambling skills are quickly forgotten as she discovers her magical ones. Who are the goodies and who are the villains? The plot swings one way and then the other, drawing the reader into the story. Full of action, magic and mystery, this is a rollicking read.
(Historical, Mystery, Magic, Fantasy, Friendship, Abduction, Courage)
Author – Kristina Ohlsson
Age – 7+
Aladdin’s family owns the Turkish restaurant ‘Turk in the Tower’ in an old water tower in Sweden. They don’t know that the tower was built on land that held an age old mystery. A silversmith used to live there and one night a lightning storm destroyed his home and all his silver was stolen. It was never found.
Who is the strange boy hanging around the restaurant? Is he one of the refugees in town or is he ‘The Silver Boy’ – the ghost of a young boy searching for the silver? Aladdin and his friend Billie are caught up in the mystery, and he’s determined to find the silver to help save the family restaurant.
A ghost, a mystery, a family problem to solve. Twists and turns will intrigue young mystery fans.
(Friendship, Mystery, Ghost, Sweden, Refugees)
Author/Illustrator – Elise Gravel
Age – 6+
Olga LOVES animals. She prefers them much more than people and then proves her point quickly to the reader with funny pictures and diagrams. Olga considers herself an animal scientist and would much rather make observations about animals than go to school and talk with girls like her annoying neighbours Shalala and Farla (lalas) who only care about clothes, and hair and a Korean popstar they both think is adorable. But according to Olga, he’s got nothing on animals!
When Olga finds a small, strange creature who says nothing but ‘Meh!’ – that is what she names it. But where is it from? What does it eat? After a trip to the library and the local store, her friends try to help. Even the Lalas begin to help, with very pink consequences….
(Humour, Animals, Mystery, Science, Series)
Author – Janine Beacham
When something happens to Rose Raventhorpe’s beloved butler and friend Argyle, she is devastated. Strange things begin to happen in her Victorian city of Yorke and she is intrigued by the missing cat statues that Argyle told her are protecting the city.
A prophecy says if the cats disappear, terrible things will befall Yorke. Determined to find Argyle’s killer, Rose discovers a secret society, a labyrinth of tunnels below Yorke and a mystery that must be solved.
Any young mystery fans will love Rose’s adventures. This is the first in a series.
ER – BOD
Author – S A Bodeen
Age – 8+
(This is the 2nd in a series)
Sarah, Marco, Nacho, Yvonna and John have been shipwrecked on an island after going on a holiday cruise aboard a supposedly luxury yacht. They’ve had a terrible first night on the beach, seen incredibly weird creatures and found an abandoned dwelling. Thrown together on this ‘holiday/honeymoon, Sarah, Marco and Nacho (brothers) are forced to get to know each other after their parents got married, and they have to work together to survive.
Now they’ve found a girl, who tells them an incredible story which is very hard to believe. She was kidnapped by someone called The Curator and she escaped. She’s been left on the island by people who’ve kidnapped her grandfather and his boat. They are looking for something…..
This fantastic series continues with more and more intrigue. Lost is preceded by Shipwreck Island and followed by Trapped and Found.
(Island, Shipwreck, Friendship, Blended family, Series, Intrigue)
ER – BOD
Author – S A Bodeen
Age – 8+
(This is the 1st in a series)
Sarah isn’t happy about her Dad remarrying and then bringing his new wife Yvonna and her two boys Marco (12) and Nacho (11) to live with them. Things are even worse when her Dad decides to take all of them on their honeymoon to a tropical island near Fiji.
The plane trip is long, the ‘luxury’ yacht he’s hired far from luxurious, and her seasickness tops off the worst ‘holiday’ ever. But things are about to get a whole lot worse. A storm is coming – fast. They hunker down below deck as the skipper tries to take the boat through it. But when the seas calm and the sun comes out, the truth is there for all to see. They are shipwrecked on an island, their skipper gone and the yacht wrecked beyond repair. Can it get any worse? Yes! Strange creatures, screams in the night and a weird red orb in the sky. Will they survive?
What a fantastic start to a series! I thought this would be another shipwreck, get to know each other story, but it goes far beyond that and more. This series continues with Lost, Trapped, and Found.
(Island, Blended family, Holiday, Tropical Island, Fear, Series)