Friday, June 30, 2017

Battle for the Emerald Buddha by Elizabeth Hunt - OPTIONAL

Hunt, Elizabeth Singer Battle for the Emerald Buddha: Thailand (Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart #1), 144 pages.  Weinstein, 2017.  $6.  Content: G (some fighting).

Jack and Max have retired from the Global Protection Force and are on vacation in Thailand with their unsuspecting parents.  Just because they say they are no longer secret agents, doesn’t mean that intrigue and danger won’t find them.  As they go to view the Emerald Buddha, a statue sacred to the Thais, instead, they find it missing, stolen by a group of teens.  Jack and Max are back on the trail of thieves and spies.

I have not read any of the original series – Secret Agent Jack Stalwart.  I’d love to hear from someone who has.  At $6 a book, it might be worth buying the first few books in the original series (there are 16) to see how they do.  They are definitely written for a very young audience.  I had a hard time swallowing that a group of teenagers were crafty enough to steal the Mona Lisa.  This particular one would be a okay chapter book for a 3rd  or 4th grader just reading on their own.  I am very hesitant to suggest buying the complete series, however.  Most kids at that age don’t have the staying capacity to read 17 books.

EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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