Here is a great fast-paced adventure, written for ages 9 to 12 in mind, that is filled with secret codes, and twist and turns. It's the debut book by author Andrew Brumbach, called THE EYE OF MIDNIGHT. This middle grade adventure is a cross between Indiana Jones and The DaVinci Code for kids. It's setting, 1920's New York City - with a cool Arabian twist.
About the book:
On a stormy May day in 1929, William and Maxine arrive on the doorstep of Battersea Manor to spend the summer with a grandfather they barely remember. Whatever the cousins expected, Colonel Battersea isn’t it.
Soon after they settle in, Grandpa receives a cryptic telegram and promptly whisks the cousins off to New York City so that he can meet an unknown courier and collect a very important package. Before he can do so, however, Grandpa vanishes without a trace. Realizing that the only way to find their grandfather, the cousins strike out on their own to collect this mysterious parcel.
When at the meeting place, the cousins stumble upon Nura, a tenacious girl from Turkey, and she promises to help them track down the parcel and rescue Colonel Battersea. But with cold-blooded gangsters and a secret society of assassins all clamoring for the same mysterious object, the children soon find themselves in a desperate struggle just to escape the city’s dark streets alive.
I found this book just thrilling, One I started reading this book, I found it hard to put down. All three of our young characters in the book have such delightful personalities, and Grandpa, well, he's full of surprises!
I highly recommend this book for your children to read - It's even a good book for you, too! I love young fiction as there is never any bad words nor is there any sexuality. This book is filled with page-turning adventure, and that's what I really love.
About the author: Andrew Brumbach grew up square in the hippie community of Eugene, Oregon, surrounded by artists and musicians and storytellers. He studied art in Texas, traded options in Chicago, and spent a few years lost in the neon neighborhoods of Tokyo. Somewhere along the way, he married the girl of his dreams and had four practically perfect kids, but he never overcame his weakness for the power and transport of story. Now he lives in suburban Illinois but secretly daydreams of chasing bandits across the desert with Lawrence of Arabia and Gertrude Bell under cloudless, starry skies. (I got this from his website.)
The Eye of Midnight is Andrew Brumbach's first novel. The book is set for a sequel, and I can hardly wait to read it!
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Disclosure: I received an advanced reader's copy from Random House Children's Books (RandomHouseKids.com) in hope that I would mention this book on my blog. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.