The Adventure at Simba Hill

The Adventure at Simba Hill

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by Susan Runholt
     
 

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Best friends Kari and Lucas are thrilled to go on safari in Africa. They're fascinated by the lions, giraffes, and zebras. Even more intriguing to Kari is the cave where her uncle and other archaeologists have discovered artwork from thousands of years ago. But when some of the ancient artifacts are stolen, Kari and Lucas are thrust into an art mystery as compelling

Overview

Best friends Kari and Lucas are thrilled to go on safari in Africa. They're fascinated by the lions, giraffes, and zebras. Even more intriguing to Kari is the cave where her uncle and other archaeologists have discovered artwork from thousands of years ago. But when some of the ancient artifacts are stolen, Kari and Lucas are thrust into an art mystery as compelling as any they've faced before-only, surrounded by wild animals, far more dangerous.

Fast-paced writing, suspenseful action, spunky protagonists, and a fascinating African setting combine for another winning Kari and Lucas mystery.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Runholt's newest book starring 14-year-old friends Kari and Lucas finds the sleuths on another globe-trotting adventure. This time they've tagged along with Kari's Uncle Geoff, an archaeologist, to Kenya. Almost immediately, the girls hear their favorite three words, "It's a mystery," when they learn that ancient artifacts may have been unearthed and stolen from Simba Hill. Lucas's photographic memory and Kari's strength in reading people are put to the test as they must weave their way through an assortment of suspects and clues. Rich landscapes and the cultures, animals, and peoples of the country are interwoven seamlessly, which allows readers to feel as if they have been transported to the continent with the young detectives. The typical teen vernacular and the quick friendships they make with local young people Anya and Sam will make this story accessible for reluctant readers. Once again, the perfect sprinkling of danger, clues, intrigue, and friendship makes this a satisfying mystery to be savored.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
Kirkus Reviews

Kari and Lucas, two teens who've combined their expertise to solve mysteries in previous adventures (Rescuing Seneca Crane, 2009, etc.), are headed this time to Simba Hill in Kenya with Uncle Geoff, an archaeologist. The girls have completely different talents: Lucas is blessed with a photographic memory, and Kari is strong on intuition and people skills. Even before arriving at their luxurious bush accommodations, they hear of artifacts remarkably like the discoveries at Simba Hill having been smuggled into England. Neither seeing exotic animals in their natural habitat nor exposure to Kenyan locals, notably the Maasai and Kikuyu peoples, distracts these two, who are determined to once again find the clues that elude others. Danger from the human malefactors is augmented by threats from lions, hippos, spiders and snakes. Lighthearted and yet mostly based on logic, this outing allows readers to get a taste of Africa's pleasures—albeit Hollywood-flavored, similar to those experienced by the average wealthy tourist. The cast of suspects and rapidly made friends keeps the mood frothy and the sinister actions nicely removed.(Mystery. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101513361
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/03/2011
Series:
A Kari and Lucas Mystery
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
234 KB
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Runholt is a music lover, a world traveler, and a resident of the metropolis of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Adventure at Simba Hill 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Love_a_Good_Book More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of this series and waited impatiently for this third book. The wait was well worth it! In this book Kari and Lucus take us with them to Africa. I found the book suspenseful and exciting. The mystery is compelling and allows us a glimpse into the world of archeology, which I really enjoyed. The wildlife and cultures of Kenya create a wonderful setting for the story and certainly makes me want to find a way to visit there some day. Kari and Lucas are characters I really enjoy reading. They complement and challenge each other in interesting and sometimes surprising ways. They are neither perfect nor tragic, unlike so many young protagonists. This makes their adventures easy to relate to and from my perspective all the more fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My bffs name is kari, and kari has a crush on a boy named lucas. What a coincidence is that????!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want to read this book but its too expensive :( I mean 14$ for a book?! C'mon!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best book in the series! I can't wait for the fourth book! And to all the fans out there there is the authors website online!
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Anny Lin More than 1 year ago
It's so cool that K and L, live in MN just like i do. I cannot wait for a fourth book!!! GREAT REAAD!!!! I totally reccomend it!!!!