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Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
Book two in the "Slate Stephen's Mystery" series, this book finds 12 year old Slate Stephens up to his neck in mystery again. Slate's sidekick, Daphne McSweeney is along for the ride and the story does not disappoint. They begin this story in a ghost town with their fathers there to represent a mining company. They soon get involved in an art theft and in true hero fashion, solve the crime. In a simple predictable fashion, Daphne and Slate set out to help their fathers discover the gold in the town and in the process stumble upon art thieves in the town nearby. The famous Charles Russell paintings have been stolen, and this is all they need to begin the adventure. The story has an interesting twist in the end and while being a well-crafted mystery it also makes a good starter series for a reluctant reader. The type font is fairly large with little text on each page, thus making a larger book seem manageable. The story flows and can be stopped and started again with little difficulty. The characters are basically either good or bad, and are clearly differentiated. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—After recovering a missing pet in The Governor's Dog Is Missing (Bucking Horse Bks., 2011), Slate Stephens and Daphne McSweeney are back for another hair-raising adventure. Out camping and prospecting for gold with their geologist dads, the 12-year-old sleuths decide to explore the nearby ghost town of Bannack, MT. There, in an old schoolhouse, they discover a piece of paper hidden underneath the chair of one of the desks. It might hold the secret to finding the town's 150-year-old treasure. While looking for clues, they are frightened off by a mysterious man and learn from the police that valuable paintings on loan to the local art museum have been stolen. While following one of the clues of their treasure mystery, the kids overhear the man arguing about selling something valuable. Is he the thief? Have Slate and Daphne stumbled onto something bigger than they can handle? The characters and their relationships are well developed and realistic. The two mysteries take a while to develop but complement one another well and hold readers' interest. Children who like adventure, mystery, or the Old West will enjoy this book.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984446025
  • Publisher: Bucking Horse Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 8.69 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Posted December 10, 2011

    Outstanding second book of the series!

    Fun, fast-paced must read for kids that will keep them engaged from the first page until the end with suspense and humor. Slate and Daphne, the two 12-year old detectives find themselves solving mysteries in the ghost town of Bannack, Montana. Gold treasure, vigilantes and Charles Russell paintings are all part of this action-packed book!

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