Lady in Red: Eye Spy series #3 (Paperback)Tessa Buckley (author)
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Alex is afraid of snakes, so when his sister Donna befriends Jake, an Australian boy with a pet snake called Queenie, he isn't happy. Jake is staying with the O'Connor family at Acacia Villa, once the home of Victorian artist, Gabriel Pascoe. When the artist's great grandson, Fred Pascoe, tells the twins how Gabriel Pascoe's most famous painting, Lady in Red, went missing seventy years ago, they volunteer to try and find out what happened to it.
While their father, an inventor, is preparing for the official launch of his most successful invention, a search and rescue robot, Alex and Donna pursue their search for the missing masterpiece. Then Acacia Villa itself is threatened with demolition. It looks as if their new friends will lose their home, and Holcombe Bay will lose an important historic building. They suspect that Mr Mortimer, the man who wants to demolish Acacia Villa, may know the true location of Lady in Red. But he is a friend of the twins' mother, and the godfather of their baby half-sister, Sophie. Criticising him could open up family rifts, which have only recently healed.
Then Queenie the snake goes missing, and a train of events is set in motion which leads the twins and their new friends into terrible danger. Help comes from an unexpected quarter, but will it arrive too late? Can Alex overcome his fear of snakes? And will the twins ever be able to return Lady in Red to its rightful owner?
Publisher: Troubador Publishing
Number of pages: 168
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
It seems to me that this author - Tessa Buckley - knows her readers well. So much so, I handed the manuscript to my daughter to read; she's 12 and enjoys a good mystery. This is what Felicity had to say.
'This is a very good book. I enjoyed trying to work out where the Lady in Red was hidden. Also, I think the snake in the story was cleverly interwoven into the plot. The way Alex has to find a way of overcoming his fears was cleverly written and is a good message for children. The ending was also very good. I didn't guess the ending which is always a good sign! Thanks for letting me read it. I'm now pestering my mum for the other two Eye Spy books.'
So, there you have it! All I can add is that in terms of the writing style, it is refreshingly simple. This adds a lot to the story. Also, the author has excellent timing and the book is full of little gems that will surprise the reader and keep them turning the page.
So, would I recommend this book? Absolutely! I would think any child aged 9 - 13 would find the characters intriguing, and the plot mesmerizing. Also, and this is important, I think parents would not only enjoy it too, but would be happy with the message cleverly hidden away in the folds of this exciting mystery/adventure. A 'Wishing Shelf' Book Review
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