Here at Science of Couponing we were invited to be one of the blogs in The Secret of Bald Rock Island by Charles A. Salter, blog tour! As an avid reader I was excited to be included, but since it's a kids book, Lily my 1st grade reading enthusiast was in charge of this one.
Let me first of give you a quick synopsis:
Kelcie Oglethorpe, the main character is a 10 year old girl who's father disappeared at sea years prior. In the years following his disappearance Kelcie had befriended the resident odd, but caring old man Mr. Bartleby. Mr. Bartleby tells her stories of a mysterious creature that has been since on Bald dome. This leads her to an exploration and she works to solve the mysteries of the island.
Now onto my opinion:
This story has similar chops to the mysteries of my youth. Reminding me of a story you would find in an old school Hardy Boys book only with a modern twist. I personally liked the main character Kelcie she had a good wit to her.
Now onto my 6 year old avid readers opinion:
Lily is very much enjoying the book she seems to be enthralled with the storyline and finds it to have many twists and turns. It has many "big words" that she has to work through or ask me, but is something she definitely is grasping. Overall, it's got everything she would hope for a fun female character and something interesting to follow. It's definitely a good book for her to grow as a reader with.
Being a part of the blog tour I was fortunate enough to get access to a question an answer with the author and thought I would include a couple of my favorite below:
What independent traits does Kelcie demonstrate that you would like young children to emulate?
A: Kelcie may be only ten years old, but she knows how to think for herself and decide how she can best help others. She is a true " Kare Kid” who not only has a caring attitude towards family, friends, animals, and the environment, but she translates that concern into real action to accomplish her goals. In the surprise ending of the book —when she finally confronts the mysterious island creature face to face— her beliefs and principles about life and nature lead her to suggest an amazing solution to the adults on the scene.
Independence is a huge theme in Kare Kids Adventures. To what extent did you or did you not experience independence as a child?
A: My parents were absolute models for fostering independence in me and my siblings... often to a degree which would be considered illegal these days! I had my first paying job when I was about age 5—babysitting the infant of neighbors who lived in the same apartment building where we d
id. My mother was in a nearby apartment in case a real problem developed, but I sat with this wonderful kid and read books and took care of him otherwise. Later that year I took sole care of my baby brother (about age three) when both my parents worked. I few years later, on non-school days I and my brother or friends would be on our own all day, playing in the woods or riding bikes or playing sports. No cell phones in those days, and we were on our own until meal times. By age 19, I went to England for my college junior-year-abroad and toured all of western Europe with just my friends. During that year I experienced the amazing adventure in Norway which lies at the heart of book #4
THE TRAVEL TWINS AND THE LOST SECRET OF THE VIKINGS.