Jasper Penzey: International Boy Detective: The Ruby Brooch of Atlantis

Jasper Penzey: International Boy Detective: The Ruby Brooch of Atlantis

by Monica LaSarre

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Overview

Jasper Penzey has never known his mother and his father never wants to speak of her. At the ripe age of 9 years old, on the eve of his and his father's move from Louisiana to Santorini, Greece, precocious Jasper discovers an amulet and a note from his mother. So begins the journey of a lifetime into island life, complete with a traipse through history and a search for the location of the lost city of Atlantis. What starts out as a summer of fun tagging along with his history professor father, quickly turns into a romp through all things Greek with a host of new friends and an undercurrent which pulls Jasper into searching for his mother.
At his side throughout his search for Atlantis is his new friend Cally.
Together they learn that dodging men who are following you can be scary;
that ice cream is a perfect pawn for negotiating with those who stand in your way; and how to trust in the help of friends and family. Jasper discovers how heart-wrenching it can be to leave behind the only home he has ever known and how to make friends in a new place where everything seems foreign. He also learns that the love of a mother can come from unlikely sources, a blessedly welcome fact for a boy who is grievously missing his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633081208
Publisher: Monica LaSarre
Publication date: 10/24/2014
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

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Jasper Penzey: International Boy Detective: The Ruby Brooch of Atlantis 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book out of the publishers’ submissions section of a book-review magazine for whom I’ve been writing reviews for thirty years because, hey, I liked the cover art! I don’t normally review children’s books, but I thought I’d read it anyway just out of curiosity. Sure enough, the cover fulfilled its promise of delivering a well-crafted and engaging book for kids/young adults—and grown-ups too. Jasper Penzey, whose mother mysteriously left him and his dad when he was just a babe, tells the story in the first-person, and the author has done a fine job of creating a believable and endearing nine-year-old’s world of inquisitiveness, imagination, and perennial optimism. Jasper takes nothing for granted, and finds mystery everywhere in his young life, leading the reader into complex worlds of intrigue and deductive reasoning. It’s not for nothing that his nickname is “Sherlock”—no clue goes unaccounted for, and the narrative has him sharpening his wits in the face of the most bizarre circumstances, and of course eating lots of cookies along the way. In The Ruby Brooch of Atlantis, the setting moves immediately from Jasper’s birthplace in Bijou, Louisiana, to the Grecian island of Santorini, thought by some to be the site of the mythical kingdom of Atlantis. Before leaving Bijou, Jasper finds a strange jewelry box and a note, ostensibly from his mother, on his windowsill; the box contains a beautiful amulet that he hangs around his neck, and the note tells Jasper that he will know at some point who he should give the amulet to. When he and his dad arrive in Greece, the mystery deepens with the introduction of a man in dark glasses, an ice cream theft, the death of an elderly high priest of a curious church on the volcanic caldera of Santorini, and the suspicious secrecy of Jasper’s dad. When all the clues collide, Jasper of course carries the day. This is Monica Lasarre’s first book in what she hopes will be a series. I’ll look forward to reading the further adventures of Jasper Penzey, “International Boy Detective.” This one made me feel like I was nine years old again, and was a joy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful book by a thoughtful writer---appropriate for all ages, but the elementary school age group will love it best!