Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings (Kare Kids Adventures #4) by Charles A. Salter [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts: The Kare Kids adventure is fast moving and exciting. The story is packed with bits of information about Norway and the historic crystal considered to be a navigational tool of the Vikings prior to the invention of the magnetic compass.

I found the story a quick read and filled with conversations and excitement that would grip the adventure-seeking reader. Charles A. Salter's series of The Travel Twins (The Kare Kids Adventures) is a good series.

My Concerns: This story is about a 12 year old set of twins on an adventure to foil a theft of a mysterious object. Before undertaking it, they have a conversation with their uncle...... "Children, I don't think your parents would approve your your darting off on your own like this." To which they replied....  "Just give us 24 hours before you tell them. O.K.?" Somehow, parents of children reading this story will need to strongly tell them that this is fiction and that 12 year olds simply do not go off on their own like this or engage in some of the antics this set of twins experiences.

About the Book: Twelve year old twins Josh and Hannah travel from the USA to visit their Uncle Olaf in Norway. Olaf runs the Museum of Norse Antiquities in Oslo, and the museum's greatest treasure-the Viking chieftain Leif Erikson's fabled Sunstone-is stolen. Hot on the trail of the suspected thief, the twins ride on a dizzyingly high train through the Scandes Mountains to Norway's largest fjord, a deep waterway which connects directly to the North Sea. While spying on the suspect's suspicious behavior, the twins are suddenly kidnapped on the train! They elude their captors by breaking free, sneaking across the top of the train as it chugs through a tunnel, and tricking the kidnappers. Then they learn the thief's true motivation: to use the Sunstone to interpret the coded Undredal Runes so as to re-create the Viking super-warriors known as Berserkers.

Can the twins defeat the plot, return the stolen treasure, and save the world from the secret of Viking Berserkers which has been concealed for a thousand years?
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from PRBytheBook publicity group on behalf of the author to facilitate my review. Opinions are my own, alone. I was not compensated.


  1. I think any chapter book that really hold their interest would be a good book for a child to read.

  2. My grandkids read faster than the library can keep up!

  3. Any chapter books are good for children to read as long as the material is appropriate.

  4. Independence for a child just means letting them take initiative like doing chores around the house. By age 9 they should wash their own dishes, pick out their clothes to go to school, and take their own showers.

  5. Any chapter books are good for kids,independence should be encouraged at 9 to pack lunches and load dishwasher

  6. FYI: the picket fence voting option in the rafflecopter form doesnt work.

  7. I gave my 10-year old the first book in this series for Christmas, but she received so many books, she hasn't read this one yet. I'm excited to see what she thinks of the series! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on this week! Always a pleasure to have you!

  8. Any chapter books are good for kids.

  9. we love chapter books - I think whatever holds their interest and makes them want to keep reading.

  10. Early chapter books with a wide variety of life experience and book types.
    Children should have some independence.

  11. Early chapter books need to cover many topics.
    And children need to gain gradual independence over time.

  12. Early chapter books with a mix of life experiences is good.
    The independence of children should be limited early on.

  13. A whole range of early chapter books, with solid foundations for life, should be on the reading list.
    Independence at an early age should be lovingly encouraged.


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