Marty Banks's Chapter Book Chat
Big castles are spooky--and who doesn't love to be spooked?
Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost, the first in the new Pack~n~Go series, is a cool travel/mystery adventure that's dialed into the older-girl, chapter-book set.
Travel is such an important component in tis story, it's not just a backdrop, it's an essential character. Readers feel the jet lag, experience the landscape of Austria and taste the strange, delicious foods. With a smattering of German vocabulary thrown in, Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost is akin to cultural immersion. Young girls will feel as if they have packed their own bags on this adventure. And how cool is that? Passport not required.
The eerie parts of the story play right into both a good ghost story and a European adventure: a creepy old man in a suit; a big, drafty castle; a glimpse of a face in an attic window, and a rocking chair that seemingly moves on its own. Each chapter ends at just the right moment, leaving tension and conflict at a high point.
The pencil drawings are particularly adept, with both bold strokes and soft lines. They enhance the exotic land and foreign characters while still remaining familiar enough to be comfortable.
Midwest Book Review
The Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost” is the first in this innovative new series of illustrated chapter mysteries...Swift moving chapters embellished with black and white illustrations make fun reading and excellent armchair exploration adventures...“Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost” offers an appealing invitation to celebrate and explore diverse cultures and countries with just a tantalizing touch of mysterious spice, the unknown horizon to entice further exploration and growth.
From the Publisher
Pack-n-Go Girls presents a mystery series for girls ages 6-9 that includes travel to exotic locations, fun adventures with true blue friends, exploring new languages and cultures, and solving thrilling mysteries together, a fantastic formula for fun and travel-enriched adventure. "Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost" is the first in this innovative new series of illustrated chapter mysteries . . . Altogether, "The Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost" offers an appealing invitation to celebrate and explore diverse cultures and countries with just a tantalizing touch of mysterious spice, the unknown horizon to entice further exploration and growth. --Midwest Book Review
There is so much to love about this innovative series! The characters are very diverse, the books are set around the world, and the adventures are just plain fun! After all, what kid wouldn’t want to read about a ballerina ghost in a spooky castle in Austria, or search for a lost Golden Temple in the jungles of Thailand? I love that the voices of the young narrators are so authentic, making the characters very easy for young readers to relate to. --All Done Monkey
Teachers interested in using this series in their classroom will want to sign up for free teaching resources. These books are ideal for students reading at an end-of-year second grade/early third grade level. In the back of the books there is extra nonfiction information that could be utilized in the classroom. --Great Minds Don't Think Alike