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Legend of the Star Runner: A Timmi Tobbson Adventure (Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries for Kids 8-12) Paperback – 22 May 2018

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Product details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: freshabooks (22 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3963267771
  • ISBN-13: 978-3963267772
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 295 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Foreword Reviews Magazine (scored 5 out of 5)
  • "A splendid homage to adventure"
  • "A visual feast"
  • "Large-hearted"

A spirited trio of kid sleuths undertake a classic treasure hunt in J. I. Wagner's Legend of the Star Runner. Taking its inspiration from video games and cloak-and-dagger mysteries, this story for middle-grade readers is a visual feast.<br \><br \>
Lilli's grandfather is facing eviction. With the prospect of a pirate's treasure guiding them, she and her best friends, Marvin andTimmi, set out to find the loot to rescue him from his debts. A large-hearted, naïve, and wildly improbable plot delights as the fearless team - led by a treasure hunter - lands in a series of underground worlds.<br \><br \>
Several twists and turns hinge on pure luck, timing, and uncanny perceptions. A reliance on video-game staples, including hidden passageways, trapdoors, puzzles, maps, and multiple-choice paths, sometimes threatens to turn the book into a high-concept maze. Still, what the story misses in the depth of its background, the illustrations make up for; they are smart compositions using chromatic palettes and feature clues. From a cluttered kitchen to the check-in desk at the Savoy to a wall of keys at an archive, scenes set a distinct mood for the story.<br \><br \>
The tone is wisely calibrated; it's neither overly terrifying nor overly lighthearted. The perils the group encounter pose enough danger to build suspense yet leave room for escape. There's seldom doubt that the kids will prevail, considering their Holmesian knack for observation; the book's pleasure rests in their citywide ranging that peels back history to reveal the secrets of a legendary pirate embedded in their midst.<br \><br \>
A list of fun facts lists the book's film influences, which include Pirates of the Caribbean, and a section of hints offers insights written in reverse. With the exuberance of a caper, determined protagonists, and a message steeped in family legacy, this first in a planned series is a splendid homage to adventure.
Reviewed by Karen Rigby

May/June 2018
Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. No fee was paid by the author for this review. Foreword Reviews only recommends books that we love. Foreword Magazine, Inc. is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255. --Foreword Magazine, Inc.

From the Inside Flap

The reader is the hero]]

Each chapter ending features one beautiful illustration, showing the challenge Timmi, Lilli and Marvin are currently facing. Examining the picture will allow the reader to find a solution and help them get through the adventure.

Read Examine Solve!

]]in a bold adventure story]]

Grandpa is in deep trouble. Following the clues concealed within a centuries-old family legacy, Timmi Tobbson and his friends hope to save the day.

But only twenty-four hours remain to unravel the legend of a long-lost pirate ship, buried somewhere deep beneath the city streets.

Unbeknownst to them, their search awakens a mystical dark power, sworn to protect what is hidden on board the once famous Star Runner.

]]about friendship, perseverance and courage]]

These character traits aid our protagonists in their race against time and adversity. In a very unobtrusive manner, the story shows that when push comes to shove, inner values matter most.

]]that gets kids' eyes off screens and onto paper.

Video games are great fun. Kids and adults alike highly value their entertainment factor which results in less books being read. One of the reasons for the success of video games is that every few minutes the player is rewarded, leading them to frequently experience a feeling of achievement.

This book is designed to achieve the same. It is divided into 31 brief chapters, each of which ends by confronting the reader with a question to be answered by examining a beautiful illustration. The result is not only highly entertaining, but also equally rewarding, capable of capturing the attention of today's video gamers.


From the Publisher

Kids book puzzle riddle mystery graphic novel chapter book for children 8-12 boys girls adventure

Where was the ancient key hidden?

A mysterious riddle describes a secret hiding place in Granpa's attic.

(This is a sample from the book. All pictures are cropped. Solving the puzzle requires reading the story.)

Kids book puzzle riddle mystery graphic novel chapter book for children 8-12 boys girls adventure

Kids book puzzle riddle mystery graphic novel chapter book for children 8-12 boys girls adventure

Kids book puzzle riddle mystery graphic novel chapter book for children 8-12 boys girls adventure

Kids book puzzle riddle mystery graphic novel chapter book for children 8-12 boys girls adventure

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