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Fiction Ages 10-14
Pages: 128
Themes: Australia, museums, adventure
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/04/2013
Lexile Level: HL690L
Fry Reading Level: 4.0
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On a visit to a seaside town in Australia, fifteen-year-old Sam meets Annabel, who works at the local museum. Annabel's interest in history is infectious, and Sam soon finds himself eager to hunt for the remains of a boat called the Mahogany Ship—a shipwreck sought after by many. When a storm creates an erosion hole that exposes a structure, Sam and Annabel are convinced it's the fabled ship. Soon all of the museum staff are at the erosion site to check it out. But the same storm also destroys the museum's power; someone knows the alarms aren't working and steals the museum's most treasured artifact, a large porcelain peacock worth $4 million. As Sam and Annabel search for the thief, they realize there may be a link between the fabled shipwreck and the recent theft.

The Coastal Spectator - June 17, 2013
"The pace is quick and the language simple. This is a plot-driven, character-light whodunit where young protagonists use logic to solve the mystery and become the heroes of the hour...I’d expect this book to engage young readers as they follow Sam’s escapades over the course of just two days."
VOYA - June 1, 2013
"Provides an intricate plot as well as interesting characters that add to the suspense as the mystery unfolds. Wilson incorporates factual information throughout the book to add authenticity to the shipwrecks and hunt for treasure."
Resource Links - April 1, 2013
"The brevity of the story and its vocabulary do not diminish its appeal...The conclusion is quite satisfying."
CM Magazine - March 8, 2013
"An exciting story that will hold the reader's interest. The South Australian setting with its rich shipwreck history is a great backdrop for this story of making friends and finding your way as a teen. Added to the adventure is the teens' realization of the risks that some people take to acquire history for themselves, or profit from its theft...Highly Recommended."


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