Book Review – Amanda in Malta by Darlene Foster @supermegawoman #netgalley #book #review

“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:

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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.

Authors Social Media:

http://www.darlenefoster.ca/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3156908.Darlene_Foster

Have you requested to read Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady on NetGalley, or have you read any of the other Amanda adventures?

Let me know below in the comments.

My Kyrosmagica Review of Jasper and The Magpie

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Jasper really likes shiny metals…He loves that when the sun shines Electrons dance reflecting light. This makes him feel safe and calm, And helps him sleep at night. This fun and though-provoking rhyming storybook will delight anyone with a special interest and encourage readers to be more accepting of difference and unusual passions. The story will resonate particularly with children on the autism spectrum and their friends and family. This book is suitable for ages six and upwards.

Jasper and the Magpie: Enjoying Special Interests Together is a storybook written in rhyme for those  along the autism spectrum and their caregivers, but it would be an excellent book to recommend in general to  encourage acceptance of differences.  I received a copy of this story book from Netgalley, published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher, in exchange for a review.

Jasper has a very strong interest in shiny metals, in fact he even resorts to taking them out of the garbage. His family aren’t happy about him collecting what they consider to be ‘dirty litter’ and they try to replace the shiny metals with other things,  much to Jasper’s dismay, yet Jasper can’t explain why he is so upset.

This is definitely a good book for parents, siblings, and other children to read, to help them understand that yes Autistic children are different but we should do our best to understand and help, rather than hinder them. Possibly it would also be a useful tool, to use in primary schools, as an educational aid to reduce the instances of bullying. If we can educate our young people, in primary, then this should help them to be more understanding adults. This applies to all forms of ‘special educational needs’. I do know of an instance in our family when a family member was teased at primary school because they had some speech problems. If we can reduce the instances of these kind of issues that would be a welcome and positive development for all.  With this in mind I also came across a review of The Wild Book by Margartia Eagle, on the Word by Word blog which may be of interest to families with Dyslexic children:

https://clairemca.wordpress.com

The illustrator of Jasper and The Magpie, Alex Merry, has done a fabulous job. I loved the page with the steps leading up to a massive head, a large pair of shoes left waiting at the bottom, with a colourful, almost jigsaw patterned head at the top.

The accompanying words are great:

“Jasper sometimes found it hard,

To understand what had been said,

To put himself in others shoes,

Or into someone else’s head.

But those that aren’t like Jasper,

Have a problem much the same:

For how can they jump into Jasper’s unique brain.”

The emphasis here is on uniqueness which I think is good.

Overall I enjoyed Jasper and the Magpie.

My rating:

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Author information:

Dan Mayfield is a writer and a musician who has worked with people of all ages  on the autistic spectrum for over 12 years.

http://www.enderbysroom.co.uk/music.html

Publisher:

Jessica Kingsley:  https://www.jkp.com/

Bye for now,

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Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx