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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: Australia, museums, adventure
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Apr/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 famous shipwreck that is thought to be hidden nearby. When a storm exposes a structure, Sam and Annabel are convinced it's the fabled ship. Soon all of the museum staff are at the site to check it out. But the same storm also destroys the museum's power and, when the alarms aren't working, someone steals the museum's most treasured artifact, worth millions. Sam and Annabel are convinced they can help and search for the thief. They soon begin to suspect that there may be a link between the fabled shipwreck and the recent theft.

CM Magazine
"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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"The brevity of the story and its vocabulary do not diminish its appeal...The conclusion is quite satisfying."
VOYA
"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."
The Coastal Spectator
"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."

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Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2013 | Commended

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