About the Book:
Twelve-year-old cousins Sophie and Jessica don’t have much in common. Sophie loves hiking and her small town. Jessica would rather be shopping in a city. The only mystery is how they’ll be able to spend the summer together.
Then they find a briefcase in the forest with a surprise inside. When they hear footsteps behind them and bad guys run after them, they have no choice but to work together to solve the mystery of The Feather Chase.
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About the Author:
Award-winning journalist Shannon Brown had the idea for a mystery for kids—a briefcase full of feathers—pop into her mind while driving on a busy freeway.
The Feather Chase, the first book in the Crime-Solving Cousins Mystery series, was published in 2014. After writing more than 600 articles about almost every imaginable subject including opera, Daniel Boone, and her specialty of jewelry, Shannon switched her focus to marketing her book and writing the next book in the series. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, she now calls Nashville home.
Usually when I set out to read a book that is geared towards ages 8 to 12 I make sure not to set my hopes too high because usually they are written in such a simplistic manner that would honestly insult my 10 and 12 year old daughters. That is not the case with Shannon L. Brown’s book, The Feather Chase, and I am so excited to be able to share this book with you because it is just fantastic! At first I didn’t think I’d like the cousins as one seemed a bit too bossy and the other a bit whiny, but as I kept reading the cousins really grew on me and I think the reason for that is that they are respectful both to their parents, aunt and uncle as well as others around them. That is hard to find in books for children today, as most of the children seem to act like their parents don’t know anything and treat others like they are dumb.
Since this is a children’s mystery book it isn’t as mysterious as an adult book would be but it definitely garners enough suspense to get one’s mind wondering what is going to happen next and the ultimate whodunit. While I also only limit myself to only the Christian genres, this book in and of itself is not Christian, so it can be read by those who share my faith as well as those who don’t. There is no ‘religion’ in this book, and even with that absence it was quite enjoyable and as I said the girls were enjoyable characters as they got along well even though Jessica doesn’t like nature and Sophie isn’t fond of make-up and primping. One thing I will mention is that Jessica does have a bit of a crush on a boy her age named Tony, there is no hand holding or kissing, but it’s evident when Jessica ‘forgets’ how to talk or blushes when he is around.
The other aspect I liked about the book is that even the adults while maintaining their authority also respect the girls and help them as they seek to crack the mystery and solve the case. While some may think this is only for girls since the main characters are girls, I can see boys liking it given the mysterious plot involved – it would make a great read aloud for the entire family. I also want to mention if you visit Shannon L. Brown’s website you’ll find a need little download to keep track of the clues as you read and then you have to predict if they are real clues or a red herring – lends a little educational flair to the book. Another exciting item to not is that she also offers a lapbook, for those who homeschool or who know me, we enjoy lapbooking in this house so I was very excited to see that offered to readers – it’s available as a PDF download for $7.00 on Shannon’s website.
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