Buckley and Bogey- The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues by Cindy Vincent

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The Synopsis:

buckley-and-bogeyBuckley and Bogey, Cat Detectives, find their next big case with the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Agency to be their most complicated ever! It all starts when someone hides a mysterious package in their Mom’s antique store – in the middle of the night! Of course, the boys find it, and put it in a nice, safe place, until they can open it . . . and, find the rightful owner. But that’s when a whole bunch of suspicious people show up in St. Gertrude, and every single one of them seems to be after that package! Holy Catnip! Plus, everything happens just when a priceless, jeweled statue collection goes on display at the St. Gertrude Museum. Missing from that collection are two jewel covered cat statues that disappeared almost a hundred and fifty years ago.

But soon Buckley and Bogey wonder how long those statues will stay missing. Because this is one case that really keeps them on their paws! From a trip to the Museum, and to an old church for the Blessing of the Animals; and from dinosaurs to diamonds, they end up dodging shady suspects the whole time. It sure helps to have their friends with them, especially when the bad guys make a beeline for boys. That’s because it becomes very clear, very quick — the priceless cat statues aren’t the only cats those crooks are after! Holy Mackerel!

Review:

What a fun book! Buckley & Bogey are like “Hank the Cowdog” of the cat world!

I read this book out loud to my little siblings at night and I can’t tell you how many times I had caught my sister trying to get ahead! The plot was fun and adventurous all throughout the story and the characters were fabulous!

The family attributes were very welcome and refreshing as well as the simplicity of the wording. I am very confident that young readers (8-12) would love this humorous, action-packed, mystery novel as they could read it fluently and understand it. There a few other books in the Buckley and Bogey series, but again like Hank the Cowdog, you can read them in any order and still enjoy the story.

I rate it 5 out of 5 stars and encourage any fans, young or old, of Hank to pick up this series! You won’t regret it!

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Patriots, Redcoats, and Spies by Robert J. Skead with Robert A. Skead

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Synopsis:

When Revolutionary War Patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by British soldiers while on a mission for the Continental Army, he has only two hopes of getting the secret message he s carrying to General George Washington: his 14-year-old twin boys John and Ambrose. Upon discovering that their father is a spy in the Culper Spy Ring, the boys accept their mission without a clue about what they may be up against. They set off from Connecticut to New Jersey to find General Washington, but the road to the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army is full of obstacles; including the man who shot their father who is hot on their trail.

Review

Patriots, Redcoats and Spies is an excellent book for ages 10 to 12 that I would suggest, to homeschooling moms, to read while studying the Revolutionary War.

It is full of wonderful information, as well as a well painted picture of what it may have looked like (on the level of middle-school), and is just an all around engaging book. The readers will be able to understand the easy writing of the author(s) and the characters are easy to connect with.

Some of the scenes do get vivid but they never exceed the limit of a good, wholesome, middle-grade fiction book. Boys especially will love reading this book, but I’m sure that there are many girls who would also equally enjoy this story.

I rate Patriots, Redcoats and Spies 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this book especially to home schooling parents, as it is a great book to assign (or read aloud) to your young student when studying the Revolutionary War.

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