National Park Mystery Series Review

Do you have a child 9+ that loves reading age appropriate fictional mysteries?  Just recently, a fellow homeschooling friend handed me two books to review:

  1. National Park Mystery Series: Stolen Treasures at Pictured Rocks by Mary Morgan, illustrated by Dawn McVay Baumer
  2. National Park Mystery Series: The Face at Mount Rushmore by Mary Morgan, illustrated by Dawn McVay Baumer

Because they are easy reading geared towards this particular age group, I was finished with both books in a total of 4 hours.  Stolen Treasures at Pictured Rocks I think was my favorite.  I honestly could not put it down.  My oldest daughter (9) is currently reading it and loving it as well.  Here is a brief summary of Stolen Treasures at Pictured Rocks as printed on the back of the book itself:

While exploring Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park, twins, Ben and Bekka Cooper, along with a new friend Eli, discover not only the beauty of Lake Superior, but encounter more than they bargained for.  With keen eyes and quick thinking, they came upon thieves planning to steal artifacts from sunken ships.  Needless to say, their vacation was more than just a camping trip.” ~Mary Morgan

Here are is one of two reviews also stated on the back of the book:

Mary Morgan’s book teaches the core values of scouting.  Kids will have a hard time putting down this book, while at the same time learning about the great outdoors and what our National Parks have to offer.  I can’t wait to go camping there myself.” ~Tigh Conroy, Asst. Scoutmaster troop 4312, Unit Commissioner Great Sauk Trail

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National Park Mystery Series: The Face at Mount Rushmore is also an exciting book.  This one might be for the ages 10+ crowd as it starts out on the slow side, but it’s also mysterious and exciting. Of course this depends on your child’s attention span while mysteries unfold. Here is a brief summary as stated on the back of the book:

Looking forward to spending the 4th of July in South Dakota with their uncle at Mount Rushmore, Ben and Bekka have no clue about what awaits them at the national monument.  Is there a diabolical plan?  If only the presidents could talk…..~Mary Morgan

Here is one of three reviews as stated on the back of the book:

“I think other kids will like this book as much as I did because it is filled with mysterious adventure and laughs.  It was awesome from the beginning to the end.” ~Caleb Allen, 9 years old, Lansing, Michigan

I would like to thank my friend Victoria for letting us borrow these series.  I would also like to thank author Mary Morgan for allowing me to do this review and giveaway here on Homeschooling in Detroit.  It was a pure joy. The illustrations were also fun thanks to Dawn McVay Baumer.

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