“Be prepared to learn a lot about the culture while you follow Amanda on her adventure.”—Laura Best, author, Bitter, Sweet
“What a great way for a young person to learn about a culture and to be inspired to experience other countries themselves.”—Irene Butler, author, Trekking the Globe with Mostly Gentle Footsteps
Amanda receives a postcard from her best friend, Leah, and is surprised to learn that she is in Malta with her aunt. Reading between the lines, she senses Leah is in trouble. Desperate to help her, Amanda travels to Malta with her classmate Caleb and his parents.
Amanda is intrigued by this exotic island in the middle of the Mediterranean, full of colourful history, sun-drenched limestone fortresses, stunning beaches and fascinating birds. But…who is killing the protected birds? Who stole a priceless artifact from the museum? And why is Leah acting so strange? She couldn’t possibly be involved in these illegal activities, or could she?
Join Amanda and her friends as they visit ancient temples, an exciting falconry and the enchanting Popeye Village, as they try to get to the bottom of the mystery of the Sleeping Lady.
Be sure to read all the books in this exciting Amanda Travels series!
1. Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask
2. Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting
3. Amanda in England: The Missing Novel
4. Amanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone
5. Amanda on the Danube: The Sounds of Music
6. Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind
7. Amanda in Holland: Missing in Action
8. Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady
My review:Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady by Darlene Foster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received a copy from NetGalley and am pleased to leave an unbiased review.
This is a lovely middle grade novel that whisks you away to the island of Malta. I’ve never been but have heard a lot of rave stories about Malta and Amanda in Malta made me want to visit!
I loved the adventure aspect in this particular story, author Darlene Foster did a great job in creating a captivating and exciting story. Amanda sets off to find her friend Leah who disappears, and later the Sleeping Lady artifact goes missing too!
There are many great scenes in the book which will appeal to children: The Popeye Theme Park in Malta, (I loved Popeye as a child!) Marsaxlokk, (a charming fishing village,) the bird sanctuary island – Filfla, boat trips, island hops, Falconry centres and details about the eye of Osiris and dangers of anaphlaxtic shock!
It is also quite educational in places too.
There are humorous passages to make you laugh. I am sure this would appeal to youngsters and some young at heart adults too!
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Release date: 11th May 2021.
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One day, I shall read all the Amanda Travels, books!
Yes, they are cute Ritu. And I do so love to travel, my armchair travel method at the moment. My mum and dad rave about Malta and I can see why from this book. Sounds lovely.
Armchair travel is the only option, right now, Sis!
Sadly, yes. Fingers crossed for better times ahead, Sis. x
Thanks, Ritu. I should mention they don’t have to be read in order. xo
You’ve done it again, Marje! A good review of Darlene’s latest Amanda adventures. Must check it out. Got to hand it to Darlene – she does a great job with this delightful series.
Yes, she does. They are lovely and made me smile a lot when reading. Just what we need right now!
Thank you so much Marge! A great review of Amanda’s adventures in Malta, a fabulous setting. Once we can travel again, I hope you will go there one day. For now armchair travel has to do. This certainly brightened my day.xo
My pleasure Darlene. Yes I hope I get to go one day!
What a wonderful review, Marje. Darlene must be over the roof. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and recommendation. 🙂
Thanks Diana. I enjoyed so much a lovely book for children. 🙂
I am definetly over the roof, in fact I´m over the moon with this review!!
Lol. So glad to hear Darlene. x
Ha ha. Be careful!
What a fabulous review for Darlene’s new book, Marje. What a fantastic series. Toni x
Thank you Toni. I do so love to travel. And its lovely to encourage youngsters to do so when restrictions lift!
I just finished this book on the weekend, I thought it was cute and will try and read some of the other Amanda books. Nice review Marje.
Hi Carla. Thanks. Yes they are lovely books. I’ve read a couple and enjoyed. Nice to do a bit of armchair travel