An exciting new crime series

travis delaney 1TITLE = TRAVIS DELANEY INVESTIGATES: #1 – THE ULTIMATE TRUTH

AUTHOR = KEVIN BROOKS

GENRE = DETECIVE, MYSTERY, CRIME, FAMILY, GRIEF

INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7 – 9

Travis Delaney is heart-broken at the sudden death of his parents in a car accident. But was it an accident? The Delaney’s ran a private investigator’s agency and there are several questions hanging over their last case. Partly to take his mind off his own personal grief, Travis decides to do some investigating himself … but is he in over his head??

This is a fast-paced action adventure novel, the first instalment in what looks like being an exciting series. Travis is a credible and likeable kid: his grief is raw and he has a good heart. But his opponents are realistically portrayed too, so the danger he faces is all too real.

Sure to be a hit with both girls and boys. Check out the book trailer below:

Music (“Polonium 210”  by Alan Gould & Roger Roger) sourced from the Animoto site, as were the images for this book trailer.

Highly Recommended (dma) ***** 

An exciting “gaslamp” novel

TITLE  = THE TRUTH ABOUT VERITY SPARKS

AUTHOR = SUSAN GREEN

GENRE = ADVENTURE, SUPERNATURAL, HISTORICAL FICTION, MYSTERY, DETECTIVE

INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7 & 8

What a truly delightful book! When the novel opens in 1878, Verity Sparks (an orphan) happily works in a hat shop in London. However, due to circumstances beyond her control, Verity suddenly loses her job and finds herself wandering the streets of London, clutching her few possessions. Her three most prized treasures were given to her from her dying mother: a little quilt, a ring and an old coin. London isn’t a safe place for young girls on their own, so when Verity is saved fromthe local louts on the streets, she is thankful to be whisked away in a carriage .. but just a little hesitant, too …who is this kind stranger? Where is he taking her? And is she safe after all?

What soon becomes apparent is that there are even more mysteries in store for Verity: what is the “magical” power that enables her to find lost things? Can this ability be put to use for the good of others?? Or is it going to be a curse for young Verity? And why does someone seem to be chasing her? Perhaps the most important mystery of all involves Verity’s birth and those three treasures she has inherited from her mother.

Readers are sure to be caught up in the adventure of this story and be truly engaged by our spunky and determined heroine, Verity Sparks.

A worthy inclusion in the short list of the CBCA Book of the Year, YR (2012)

Read more about the book here.

Read more about the author here or check out her blog.

Read about some of Susan’s other books here.

Highly Recommended (dma) *****

Read about Susan Green’s visit to Book Club and check out the video which records this exciting event here.