The Fakersville Power Station

Title of Book: The Fakersville Power Station
Author: Patrick H.T. Doyle
Series: Edgar Font’s Hunts for a House to Haunt
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Adventure, Children, Young Adult
Publisher: Armadillo Books
Pub Date: July 1st, 2007 (Paperback, 303 Pages)
Book Source: Checked out of Library
Contact Author: Website / Blog /GoodReads Profile

Synopsis: is from Goodreads
The second installment in the acclaimed Edgar Font series follows Grandpa Edgar, Audrey, and Garrett as they explore an abandoned mining town with a buried secret locked behind a century-old puzzle. This encouraging series continues to educate readers as well as excite them with a suspenseful story.

 
My Thoughts on this Book:
Well to start you off, When I was finish reading the Adventure One of this series “The Castle Tower Lighthouse”. So I went in to my library and checked this one out and with the third installment. Well my thoughts on the book itself.

Combine Doyle’s unparalleled storytelling with a little guidance from the spirit world and the result is this ingenious literary concoction second in sequence only. In the forward readers are greeted with a letter from the author, which explains the origin of the story and includes a special note of thanks to his ghostly housemate, thus setting the stage for a magical reading experience.

Audrey and Garrett Font thought for sure this would have been a most boring summer, but was before their week long lighthouse adventure. Now they are as excited as their grandpa to explore the beautiful, colonial style house tuck way by towering waterfall. Following great grandpa and Leo drawings, the three of them start on their way into the vast forests of Northern California in search of Fakersville. But after sixty years, Grandpa’s memories of this picturesque area seem to be the only thing left of this once vibrant mining town. How could they find the house grandpa was so anxious to explore if they couldn’t even find the town?
They meet a new characters to be introduced is the cantankerous, president of the Inventor’s Club, Mr. Howard August. Listening to his stories the Font’s learn a great deal about the history of Fakersville, from thriving quartz mining area to a deserted ghost town of sorts, where curiosity seekers simply disappear. Following a series of clues and solving puzzles, with the assistance of a new friend, the Font’s begin to uncover the towns long buried secrets. But is it too late? Can they rescue their beloved grandpa and prevent the Mayor from writing another chapter in the mysterious story of Fakersville.
You learn lots of educational and moral lessons though out the books. There a lot going on but is a wonderful book to read. It has you guessing along with the characters. I love this book along with the first and i would recommend it.
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The Flint Island TreeHouse

Title of Book: The Flint Island TreeHouse
Author: Patrick H.T. Doyle
Genres: Fiction, Adventure, Children, Young Adult, Mystery
Series: Edgar Font’s Hunts for a House to Haunt
Publisher: Armadillo Books
Pub Date: July 1st, 2008 (Paperback, 278 Pages)
Book Source: Checked out of Library
Contact Author: Website / Blog /GoodReads Profile

Synopsis: is from Goodreads
A mysterious package leads to mystery on a volcanic island halfway around the world. With a cast of colorful new characters and lessons to be learned, this third adventure finds the Fonts having to outsmart a foe from Grandpa Edgar’s past and locate an Egyptian treasure.

 

My Thought on this Book:

This book did not disappoint in any way. It was just amazing as the two others in this series. The Castle Lighthouse and The Fakerville Power Station were catching as the third installment.
The Font family consist of Edgar, Audrey and Garrett Font. The Fonts get a mysterious package delivered to them. They encounter a young ghost, who strongly needs their help. They must piece together clues and break the ancient spell. If they fail, they could be trapped forever. They meet up with an unexpected foe of Edgar. Can the Fonts break the spell and find the treasure? I strongly recommend it.
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All the Stars in the Sky: The Santa Fe Trail Diary of Florrie Mack Ryder, the Santa Fe Trail, 1848

Title of Book: All the Stars in the Sky: The Santa Fe Trail Diary of Florrie Mack Ryder, the Santa Fe Trail, 1848
Author: Megan McDonald
Series: Dear America
Genres: Children, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Adventure
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub Date: September 1, 2003 (188 Pages, Hardcover)
Book Source: Hardcover
Contact Author: Goodreads Profile /Website

Synopsis:
Florrie finds the adventure of a lifetime along the Santa Fe Trail, meeting new challenges and dangers, after her mother decides to move her family from Missouri to New Mexico.

Starting their journey from their home in Missouri, Florrie Ryder and her family are headed towards the promise of a new life in Santa Fe. As they cross the Great Plains of the midwestern prairie, fording rivers and climbing mountains, the Ryders encounter endless hardship as they undertake this great adventure.

My Thoughts on the book:
This book is different then others I have read. For the format is in Diary setting. Though I understood the story behind it. This was great read. It told more of the history of the Trail. It about a girl that goes though the some hardships and adjustments.

Florrie and her family travel from Arrow Rock, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Florrie and her brother Jem need to adjust to having a stepfather named Mr. Ryder. You learn a lot about the daily life of being on the Santa Fe Trail back in 1848.

Most of this dairy tell you the History of America during that time. Most of the dairy is down on the trail of The Santa Fe Trail. Though that like to learn about America History, this is good for young readers.

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The Heart’s Frontier

Title of Book: The Heart’s Frontier
Authors: Lori Copeland, Virginia Smith
Series: The Amish of Apple Grove #1
Genres: Amish, Historical, Romance, Adult, Young Adult, Western, Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Adventure
Publishers: Harvest House Publishers
Pub Date: March 1, 2012 (320 Pages, Paperback)
Books Source: Borrowed from Library
Contact Authors: Website / Virginia Smith Goodread Profile

Synopsis: from Goodreads
Kansas,1881–On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for someone to help. When a man lands in the dust at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.

Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone’s prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. Plain and rugged–do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other’s match?

 
My Thoughts on Book:
This is unique kind of story in itself. It about a family in Apple Grove along with Luke Carson and his men on a trail. There are some things that happen along the way. Emma and Luke relationship starts to form.
In the prologue you learn about Luke Carson, and his pa. Luke was picked to be a trail boss to take Mr. Hancock cattle to market. He is to take the cattle drive from Texas to Hays. We find out what some of what Luke Carson wants in life and it bit different then this fathers life.
Emma Switzer and her family were on their way to Troyer. Emma does not want to leave Apple Grove to go to Troyer to live with her aunt. Her Grandmother  Switzer insisted on going with Emma to Troyer.
We start out on the trail in Kansas going from one Amish community to another Amish community. When unexpected things start to happen to the Switzer’s family. They are robbed of their belongings, and were left with nothing, but their lives. Emma Switzer’s father Jonas, sister Rebecca and grandmother Switzer’s were all traveling to Troyer, KS. They were hoping that Emma would find husband, as their were more Amish men available there.
After they are left on the trail, they pray for God’s help and is provided with assistance from Luke Carson. He is on a cattle drive, and is in a anxious to get to Hays, KS with his animals.
Wait until you hear what Grandma Switzer…. says and does on the wagon ride. It to funny.
So if you are in a need to laugh or you just want to read it read about to see what up with this wonder of a book. The best way to put on smile is to laugh at something. As they say laughter is best medicine.
I would recommend it but to read this it up to you to decide. These are my honest feeling and for this review. It is a fun and funny book, but if you do not like western or cowboys or rustlers this may not be a book for you but that is up to you to decide. I do not like to many histical or western stories but this one got my attention and did like it.
 
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A Plain and Simple Heart

Book Title: A Plain and Simple Heart
Author: Lori Copeland, Virginia Smith
Genres:  Amish, Historical, Romance, Adult, Young Adult, Western, Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Adventure, 1884, Series
Series: The Amish of Apple Grove #2
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Pub Date: September 1st 2012 (320 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Won it in a giveaway on Goodreads

Synopsis:
A Plain and Simple Heart, an exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers.

1884-Several years earlier, young Rebecca Switzer lost her heart to Jesse Montgomery, a rugged but dissolute cowboy on a dusty cattle trail near the Amish settlement of Apple Grove. Now she is grown up, and when she hears one day that he has been spotted nearby, her desire is plain and simple: She must see him.

Sheriff Colin Maddox is counting the days until he can leave law enforcement and follow his dream of starting a church. When a lovely woman, new to town and looking travel weary and a bit lost, gets caught up in the middle of a temperance riot, she is arrested along with the leaders. He can hardly believe she is what she claims?a Plain and simple woman. Nor can he believe how quickly he loses his heart to her. Can Colin convince her to forget Jesse and give him a chance?

My Thoughts:
This book is the second in the series called “Amish of Apple Grove.” Really enjoyed this book for it quiet funny to see Rebecca get in a mess of things when she arrives in Lawrence, Kansas. She starts out day dreaming about her love for Jesse who she met four years earlier on a cattle trail drive. She hear of his aware about and heads for it.

Sheriff Maddox learns what it takes to keep peace in the small town. He just hoping things are peaceful during this time before the new sheriff arrives to take over. But things start to get quite interesting the mintue Rebecca arrives in Lawrence Kansas. Colin see her and judges she there for a protest of the night she arrived.

There are a few thing that are surprises throughout the book and believe me it a book to read. I do not want to giveaway any of the secrets of what happens to Rebecca  or Colin for that matter. I do not want to tell you want happens to a few of the folks in the town. To find out it book to pick up. Another book to pick up is called “The Heart Frontier.”

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Born to Fly

Title of Book: Born to Fly
Author: Michael Ferrari
Genres: Children, War, Japanese, Spies, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Adventure, Young Adult, History, World War II
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Pub Date: July 14, 2009 (224 Pages, Hardcover)
Book Source: Hardcover

Synopsis:
Born to Fly tells the story of eleven-year-old tomboy Bird McGill. Ever since she can remember, Bird has loved flying in small propeller airplanes with her mechanic dad. When the local airstrip is turned into a military flight school, Bird is in heaven. But when a young Japanese American student named Kenji Fujita joins Bird’s class, the entire school seems to be convinced that he’s a spy, or at the very least, that he and his uncle want the Japanese to win. Bird is wary of Kenji, not just because he’s Japanese, but because he steals her flight-related topic for a school report and leaves her to write about the deadly boring local marsh weed. But on Bird’s first trip to the marsh, she and Kenji accidentally discoverreal spy activity in the area. Bird realizes that Kenji is actually a stand-up guy—and she and Kenji begin an adventure that will shake the town and may even change the future of the United States.

My Thoughts on this book:
I enjoyed seeing that a girl wanted to fly a plane. That her dad was teaching her. Her dad let her have her chance of landing a plane on her birthday. This book does have some action and Adventure. Those their a mystery unfolds once her father was drafted to sent off to fight in the war.

There information about WWII in this book and about the attack on Pearl Harbor. It does give some information on our history. It goes into issues about bullying, prejudiced, Learning to make friends, I see what kids and others did to other kids back then.

Bird and Kenji do find some real spy activity while they are researching for their school report. Kenji is new in town and joins Bird class. Want to know more then I suggest reading it for I do not want to give spoilers away.

Does Bird get to fly a plane?, Doe she get her wish of her father to come home?, Does she and Kenji form a friendship? These answer can be found in the book. It a good read for children and you get some background information on Pearl Harbor and WWII.

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Early Sunday Morning: the Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii, 1941

Book Title: Early Sunday Morning: the Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii, 1941
Author: Barry Denenberg
Genres: Children, World War II, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Adventure, Pearl Harbor
Series: Dear America
Publisher: Scholastic
Publish Date: November 1, 2003 (160 Pages, Hardcover)
Book Source: Hardcover
Contact Author: Goodreads Profile /Website

Synopsis:
A moving story of one girl’s devastating experience of the “day that will live in infamy.”

My Thoughts on the Book:
This is about a girl that moves often because of the dad job. She doe not like having to move from one city to the next and leaving her friend and missing school, just after getting settled in a city.

This diary starts out in Washington DC, it set in Washington DC until they move to Hawaii. The rest of the book is about her getting use to Oahu, Hawaii her new home. In the book she experiences the attack on Pearl Harbor. Her brother Andy and Amber see Japanese Plane flying over Early Sunday Morning. Amber does make a friend name Kame.

The book tell you about the history of the Attack on Pearl Harbor though the young girl in the story. This is another book in the series of Dear America. It based on the real thing. If you enjoy History, this is good book along with it good for young reader and Children.

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