Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Mystery Across the Secret Bridge by Harper Paris -- OPTIONAL

Paris, Harper The Mystery Across the Secret Bridge (Greetings from Somewhere #7), illustrated by Marcos Calo. 112 pgs. Little Simon (Simon & Schuster), 2015. $5.99. Content: G.

In the seventh book of the series, the world-traveling Briar family is off to Peru. While at Machu Picchu, twins Ella and Ethan volunteer to help a little boy find his lost toy snake -- and on the way, they see an ancient artifact their grandfather had mentioned in a recent email.

While one of the best parts of this series is that children learn about the places Ella and Ethan visit, this one seemed so jam-packed with information that it slowed the plot quite a bit. Also, despite the name there was very little mystery involved. Still, this is a nice addition to the series, especially if the next one picks up the pace again, and it will likely have some children yearning to explore Peru for themselves -- though hopefully without wandering off without their parents' approval as the Briar twins so often do.

EL -- OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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