Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Ladybug Lin Reviews: THE SECRET OF GREY STONE ISLAND
THE SECRET OF GREY STONE ISLAND by
Andrea Louise Koehler, cover by the amazingly gifted Muse Cover Art Goddess,
Charlotte Volnek in her playful goddess mood.
Maya and Jago are not having a great time.
Summer does not always mean laying back, hitting the beach, and lamenting the burn you accidentally acquired when you forgot to rub more
sunscreen after the last dip in the
teasing beach foam.
For these cousins helping out at the
Tupton House is not a cause for smiles and excitement, even though they were given the "big people's" responsibility to have a set of keys for the old place. It is this last bonus that sets their teeth to rattling. A
box of recent donations is missing something on THEIR watch. It's missing a curious old map of the nearby island, that may just be a
TREASURE MAP. Who could have stolen it? How did they get in when the keys never left Maya and Jago's possession, and WHY?
Andrea Louise Koehler spins a credible tale of adventure, intrigue, suspense and well-paced action here. As a Muse It Young release it is DELIGHTFUL.
I'm a former teacher, so I've had a LOT of experience reading youth literature and choosing those that will activate the imaginations of my students and keep them motivated to turn the next page and the page after that. This short story fits every criteria I placed on what my student's stories needed to be.
So with the attentive eye of an educator, and the wisdom of a very involved mom, I award Andrea Louise Koehler and her story
THE SECRET OF GREY STONE ISLAND
FIVE delightful stars.