Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Children's Book Review: The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings by Charles Salter

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from PR by the Book,, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it





And now for a kids book that combines a good tale, with history!

The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings  cover


Synopsis:

Twelve year old twins Josh and Hannah travel from the USA to visit their Uncle Olaf in Norway. Olaf runs the Museum of Norse Antiquities in Oslo, and the museum's greatest treasure-the Viking chieftain Leif Erikson's fabled Sunstone-is stolen. Hot on the trail of the suspected thief, the twins ride on a dizzyingly high train through the Scandes Mountains to Norway's largest fjord, a deep waterway which connects directly to the North Sea. While spying on the suspect's suspicious behavior, the twins are suddenly kidnapped on the train! They elude their captors by breaking free, sneaking across the top of the train as it chugs through a tunnel, and tricking the kidnappers. Then they learn the thief's true motivation: to use the Sunstone to interpret the coded Undredal Runes so as to re-create the Viking super-warriors known as Berserkers.

Can the twins defeat the plot, return the stolen treasure, and save the world from the secret of Viking Berserkers which has been concealed for a thousand years?


Review:

You might remember the author, from our interview and giveaway, of his earlier book The Secret of Bald Rock Island. This is the 4th book in the Kare Kids Series, and this time they get involved with some of my favorite history- Norse, aka Vikings! Maybe its because I'm part Norwegian, but I've always had a soft spot for all things Viking, so I was thrilled to hand this book over to Miss Grace to read! So here is her review:

"This is a good book! I liked how it had the twins solving a mystery with clues, and history, when adults can't. But I was surprised no one questioned two 12 yr olds running around by themselves, as I know my aunts would never have allowed me to! I don't really think Norwegian uncles would be that different, but I know it was part of the story, so I just ignored the safety part. There is a lot of excitement and I finished it pretty quickly, even though I'm a slow reader. I'd definitely recommend it!"

About the Author:

Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Charles A. Salter, Ph.D., S.D. served 28 years in the U.S. Army after seven and a half years as an assistant professor and then tenured associate professor at Spring Hill College.  He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (1973) and a Doctor of Science in public health from Harvard University (1989). He was licensed as a psychologist by the state of Massachusetts, as a nutritionist by the state of Maryland, and was a charter member of the Prescribing Psychologists Register.
He has written on family matters for the newspaper syndicate Scripps-Howard, Today’s Family, Life and Health, Woman’s World and more. He is the author of sixteen books, most recently the adult fiction series The Ebay Detective. The Kare Kids Adventures series are his first books in middle grade fiction. Charles currently resides in Maryland

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