The Castle Tower Lighthouse

Title of Book: The Castle Tower Lighthouse
Author: Patrick H.T. Doyle
Series: Edgar Font’s  Hunt for a House to Haunt
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Adventure, Young Adult, Children
Publisher: Armadillo Books
Pub Date: July 2nd 2006 (213 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Checked out of Library
Contact Author: Website / Blog /GoodReads Profile

Synopsis: is from Goodreads
On the day eccentric ex-adventurer, Edgar Font dies he wants to haunt a house as extraordinarily unique as he is. The hunt begins when his grandchildren, Audrey and Garrett visit over summer break. They explore an abandoned lighthouse only to find it full of puzzles, ghosts and mystery. To make it out unharmed they?ll have to free the spirit of a young girl using everything they know and the lessons they learn along the way.

My Thoughts on this Book:

The way I found this book was I had return a book and was looking some books to read. I was that bored. I was scanning my library Children section. I found this in the the there. I picked it up and read the back of the cover. I was interest the by reading the back of the cover that wanted to start reading it as soon as i got home. I did just that by checking it out. Now my thought on this books…

The story starts out by having Audrey and Garret complaint they are bored and they are living with their uncle and aunt. They thinks there Grandpa Edgar is old and boring to be with him all summer. Audrey and Garret do not know what is in story for them when they arrive at Retirement home Edgar Font is staying at.

Edgar Font take this two grandchildren for an adventures though out the book. Their first adventure is at a Castle. Edgar Font see is grandchildren as unadventurous. His answer is to this is to drive them in adventure and make them go though this summer plans.

Edgar Font introduce them to all kinds of ghosts, and outlines their journey, while Edgar is not dead yet. He wants to find a place to live out eternity. Though Audrey and Garret are skeptical in the beginning, They come around be the end of the book—-all in the span of a day.

It’s a fascinating read, much more fluid than “wandering around the house and picking up clues” might suggest. The character are fleshed out for all age ranges, we learn a little bit more about each character in future installments, as they learn more about themselves. We do not get told where the next adventure is, but there’s a photograph marked, “Exploring the site for Adventure Two” in the back, and an arrow showing that it’s “just over yonder”.

This book can have you guessing along with Audrey and Garret and Edgar Font to solve the Mystery as well. Great for young readers ages 9 and up. I strongly recommend it.

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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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The Journal Of Biddy Owens, The Negro Leagues, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948

Title of Book: The Journal Of Biddy Owens, The Negro Leagues, Birmingham, Alabama, 1948
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Genres: Historical Fiction, Sports, Baseball, Children, Young Adult
Series: My Name is America
Publisher:  Scholastic Inc.
Pub Date: April 1, 2001 (192 Pages, Hardcover)
Book Source: Hardcover
Author Contact: Goodread Profile

Synopsis:
Biddy Owens is the batboy for the Birmingham Black Barons, one of the best teams in the Negro Leagues. With a supporting cast of characters that includes some of the greatest players ever, Biddy¹s story covers the games, the grueling road trips, racial segregation, and day-to-day life in Birmingham during this pivotal time in American history.


My Thoughts:
This book is written in the form of a diary. Though This book shows you thing though the eyes of any African American. This book is about the Negro Leagues. It tell about the times where Baseball was still considered  a White man’s game.

Around this time in 1948, Baseball was starting to ingrates with African American. It was when Jackie Robinson was brought to place for the Major Leagues though though out the book. People were still think that there were still a few segregated seating in ballparks. They were still signs for blacks and White signs stating around.

Though this does change though you understand what it like at that time along with baseball changing and other things about american history. You do learn about the different thing though Ameican History and good for young children and adult to understand and learn about that time.

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The Journal Of Joshua Loper, A Black Cowboy, The Chisholm Trail, 1871

Title of Book: The Journal Of Joshua Loper, A Black Cowboy, The Chisholm Trail, 1871
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Series: My Name is America
Genres: Children, Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Diary,
Publisher: Scholastic
Pub Date: April 1, 1999 (160 Pages, Hardcover)
Book Source: Hardcover
Contact Author: Goodread Profile

Synopsis:
Two-time Newbery Honor-winning author Walter Dean Myers writes about an African-American boy’s struggles with his first cattle drive and the racial prejudices of the day.
My Thoughts:
This is about a African American boy and his time on his first cattle drive. He was free and there were very though jobs for them. It about Joshua being a cowboy and the prejudiced of being black.

It a good read. Though this is mostly about the time in American History. It tells you more about being Black cowboy and on the trail of “The Chisholm Trail in 1871.”

If you enjoy history this is good. This is told though the boys prospective as in Dear American is told though a girl prospective. It good for children to learn about our history at that time. Learn about Cattle drives as well as what it was like being African American in the 1871.

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Kaya and Lone Dog: A Friendship Story

Title of Book: Kaya and Lone Dog: A Friendship Story
Author: Janet Beeler Shaw
Genres: Historical Fiction, Children, Animals, Indians, 1764, Naive American
Series: American Girls: Kaya #4
Publisher: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pub Date: September 1st 2002 (81 Pages, Library Binding)
Book Source: Hardcover
Contact Author: Goodreads Profile

Synopsis:
When Kaya befriends a lone dog that has wandered near her camp, others in the village warn her to be careful. Dogs don’t usually live by themselves, and some people think the lone dog is not to be trusted. But Kaya brings the dog food and can feel her gratefulness. After Lone Dog gives birth to pups, she lets Kaya be a part of her new family. When Kaya looks into Lone Dog’s eyes, it’s as if the dog is speaking to her. Kaya’s grandmother tells her that if an animal speaks to her, she needs to listen. But as the pups grow older, Lone Dog has something else to say — something that Kaya doesn’t want to hear.

My Thoughts:
This is lovely story about a little girl named Kaya. She finds a lone dog near her village. There are something that happen and tell you have they become friends.

It also tell you a little about Naive American back in 1764. It quite a quick read but there some historical history about that time. There unique friendship that bonds. Things Kaya need to learn along with Lone dog need to learn. There something Kaya learns while taking care of Lone Dog. To find out more about them pick up the book.

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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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