Friday, August 7, 2015

The Mystery at the Coral Reef by Harper Paris -- ADVISABLE

Paris, Harper The Mystery at the Coral Reef (Greetings from Somewhere #8), illustrated by Marcos Calo. Little Simon (Simon & Schuster), 2015. $5.99. Content: G.

For their next adventure on their homeschooling trip around the world, twins Ella and Ethan are off to Australia. When their cousin takes them snorkeling at night, they discover suspicious activity just off the coast and realize they might be on the trail of some coral thieves.

This is a wonderful installment in the Greetings from Somewhere series. The entwined mysteries provide enough suspense to keep young readers guessing, and the details of the setting will likely make many readers want to visit the Australian coast while also teaching them a little something about the area. The large font, plentiful illustrations, and fairly simple wording make this good for those who are new to chapter books. Ella and Ethan do refer to previous adventures, which makes it more difficult -- though not impossible -- to read the books out of order.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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