“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates loot on Treasure Island.”
After reading the first two volumes in Maryellen Larkin’s collection, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her mystery book.
If you haven’t already, I would recommend reading my first two posts before moving forward with this one:
- Book Review #15: “The One and Only: A Maryellen Classic”
- Book Review #16: “Taking Off: A Maryellen Classic 2”
Maryellen’s story continues in December 1955. Daytona Beach is busy preparing for its annual dance, and excitement is in the air.
I could almost hear “Rock Around The Clock” in my ears throughout the book. The music of the fifties is amazing!
As Maryellen practices dance steps with her sister Carolyn, and Davy practices football plays, there’s more excitement along the shore. There’s several secrets, a mysterious ring, and a sense of treasure afoot!
This book gripped me by the shirt collar and never let go. I couldn’t put it down! For being a book meant for ages 8 and up, it almost felt like a classic Nancy Drew mystery. There were twists, turns, a bit of danger, and several suspects!
I was happy to see a spotlight on several other characters: Maryellen’s sister Joan, Joan’s new husband, Jerry; and more of Davy.
Once again, this standalone novel proves that 10-year-old kids are just as smart and clever as adults. I was actually sad to get to the end!
If you like the thrill of discovering treasure, history, and a bit of suspense, I definitely recommend this book. This is a new favorite of mine!
To finish out Maryellen’s collection, I will be reading The Sky’s The Limit: My Journey with Maryellen (Choose-your-own-adventure). I hope to have that review published very soon!
4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂
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