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Four kids on a quest to find the legendary Mines of King Solomon… and their parents.

Bick, Beck, Storm and Tommy are navigating their way down the Nile, from hot and dusty Cairo to deep dark jungles, past some seriously bad guys along the way.

They’ll need all their survival instincts just to make it out alive..

Danger Down the Nile Treasure Hunters #2

James Patterson with Chris Grabenstein


Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Maree

The children of the Kidd family continue to hunt for their main lost treasures, their parents, missing while on a treasure hunting adventure. If the first book was all about pirates and the Caribbean the second moves the action to Egypt. The children follow the clues left by their parents through hot dusty Cairo, fetid jungle and dodge bad guys and uncle Timothy who may or may not be CIA, at every turn. He cannot understand why, if they are searching for Kings Solomon’s Mines, why are they after a Chinese Ming Vase?

MAnother exciting adventure in  the Treadsure Hunters series that kept me turning pages eagerly.

From the top ten bestselling author of Middle School and I Funny comes a brilliantly original new adventure series, jam-packed with action, humour, and heart!

The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and travelling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear on the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives.

They’ll have to work together to defeat dangerous pirates and dodge the hot pursuit of an evil treasure-hunting rival, all while following cryptic clues to unravel the mystery of what really happened to their parents – and find out if they’re still alive.

Treasure Hunters: Treasure Hunters #1

James Patterson with Chris Grabenstein


Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Maree

Bick, Beck, Tommy and Storm are searching for their parents who have gone missing while on a treasure hunting job. The Kidd family are full time treasure hunters but not all is as it seems and treasure hunting can get you in a heap of trouble. There are Caribbean pirates, gold, cryptic clues and an evil rival to contend with in the search. And then there is Uncle Timothy. Do they dare trust him? How much and is he really their uncle and how is he connected to the CIA? Is he all he seems? A cracking good story told in the “children out of any parental control” style of  the books I grew up with; if Arthur Ransome, the Famous Five, Pippy Longstocking and Rick Riordan had a baby…..

I Even FunnierJamie Grimm is ready to head off to the national semi-final comedy competition.  Living with his aunt, uncle, and bully of a cousin since the accident that  killed his family and put him in a wheelchair, Jamie loves to  make people laugh and has a tight group of friends; Gilda Gold, Joey Gaynor, and Jimmy Pearce.  Jamie also has his Uncle Frankie, who owns an old-fashioned diner and a 1967 Ford Mustang convertible.

After getting into trouble at school Joey goes to live with Uncle Frankie, taking Jamie with him.  Frankie helps him train every day for the comedy semi-finals, entertaining the customers in the diner and believing in him.  But when Frankie has a heart attack Jamie is faced with an impossible choice; support his beloved uncle or follow his dreams…..

The book is easy to read and has illustrations with great detail and graphic novel like strips telling parts of the story.  It’s a sad and a little bit depressing how many things go wrong in Jamie’s life but he shows if you just keep trying, you will succeed.  I like how the characters never give up and carry on smiling.  It’s a positive book I think young teenagers will enjoy.

Young Arrows

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

Random House NZ has kindly supplied a copy to give away.  Comment below by the 16th January to win.