Children's Literature - Emily CookYoung Tiernay Markowitz, is an adventurer in training. The daughter of a famous novelist, Tiernay is determined to follow in the footsteps of her father's young heroine, T.J. Redstone. Using her father's pseudonym, West, Tiernay is ready to make the leap from being a trainee to a full-fledged professional adventurer. Ready to have her "Tiernay West" business cards printed up, she dreams of living on the edge, climbing the world's tallest mountains, or taming wild tigers in India. It would be all in a day's work for Tiernay, if she has it her way. But her mom does not get the whole "adventurer" thing, which is one reason her parents split up in the first place. Jet setting around the globe, her father was always coming and going on a whim to drum up adventures or mysteries for T.J. Redstone to solve. While Tiernay thought this was pretty darn cool, her mom had just plain cooled on the idea and had had enough. So for now, Tiernay has to settle for drumming up adventure right there in her very average hometown. As you can imagine, adventures do not come up often in a town like South Newbury. So when Tiernay gets a hot tip that there might be a lost treasure right under her very own nose, she is hot on the trail. Digging up clues and following tips, Tiernay slowly uncovers the mystery, all with the help of her friend Kevin. Could the lost treasures have anything to do with her ancestors, the once-famous Keane's of South Newbury? She is determined to find out. And despite several close calls, including being trapped underground and climbing steep cliffs in the pitch dark, Tiernay uncovers things she had never imagined, both joyous and tragic. Will all the trauma and fear put an end toTiernay's wild and crazy ways? Do not bet on it! This book is a fun read for late elementary aged children who, like Tiernay, like to solve a good mystery and are a bit fun loving and curious themselves. Thoroughly entertaining.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-6-Elementary school student Tiernay West is a wonderfully eccentric character who is determined to find buried treasure, become a true adventurer, and right past wrongs. She knows that other kids think she's weird but she is confident that she is on the right track to becoming a world-renowned explorer. She is not adept socially but becomes friends with Kevin, the son of her mother's boyfriend, and they spy on a bully to try to find the Revolutionary War sword that was stolen from a local antique shop. Easily able to justify anything so long as it aids an investigation, Tiernay and Kevin are placed in real peril when she spies on nasty Daryll Jensen. Excerpts of Tiernay's internal monologue start many chapters. One cannot help but laugh at the melodrama inherent in the protagonist's determined personality. Tiernay is an irrepressible role model in her unwavering self-confidence, intellectual curiosity, and sense of humor. Like the waiter who remembers she likes her soda with lime, cherries, and lemon wedges, readers will not forget Tiernay West anytime soon.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsA young adventurer-in-training keeps her wits about her and her eyes on the prize despite an uncooperative mother, snickering classmates and her own clumsiness-for there is Lost Treasure to be found, and more, in her seemingly ordinary Connecticut town. Modeling herself after the intrepid heroine of her absent dad's adventure novels, Tiernay plunges headlong into an investigation after overhearing a restaurant conversation about lost Revolutionary War Era gold, and then learning that a sword of similar vintage has vanished from a local antiques shop. Some library research, a bit of spying and a late-night chase later, she and Kevin, nerdy but game son of the man her mom is dating, find themselves locked in an abandoned cellar with not only the sword, but an entire trove of stolen loot. Simner deftly tucks in clues, subplots and enough tongue-in-cheek humor to keep the suspense from turning scary. Her focused determination overriding all obstacles and mishaps, Tiernay makes an appealing protagonist, and by the triumphant close she's not only helped solve a rash of local crimes, but has even unearthed that gold. Fine fare for recent Cam Jansen and Encyclopedia Brown graduates. (Fiction. 9-11)
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