The Mystery of the Lost Map by Jim Rhoden is a cute story about the Randall family’s adventure of a lifetime looking for buried treasure. Brothers Cowboy Little and Cowboy Small live on the Circle R Ranch in the Wild West, so they get to spend their free time looking for old Indian arrowheads, exploring, fishing, and even camping overnight on their own sometimes. They love taking their horses Ned and Ted, dogs Red and Fred, fleas Itch and Scratch, and a couple of cattle named Brawny Bull and Helen Heifer when they go.
Jack Stone is an ordinary guy, living an ordinary life, with a semi-ordinary family. He has no mother but lives with his uncle and genius father, who strangely has become very ill when Jack’s life changed abruptly. When Jack’s father becomes ill after coming home from his lab, Jack begins to worry, but now, after it has been quite a few days, Jack is relieved when his father tells him he wants to show him something. What he sees changes his life forever; his father has created a Rift Tunnel Machine.
The Tale of Cloran Hastings was full of adventure with a little romance on the side. The famous and brave sea captain known as Cloran Hastings, along with his crew, have just gotten back from a long journey. The captain is happy to be home, especially since he is planning on settling down with his love.
If The Hobbit took his adventure in the realm of Star Wars, it would certainly describe Infinity: The Secret of the Diamonds by Tejas Mathai! He has created a protagonist that is easy to get behind and that you root for, while also giving significant detail to setting and intricacies of his world.
When Theo’s photos are ruined at his middle school, five other kids: Molly, Jax, Alice, Erik, and Andre are blamed for it. Everyone says that is wasn’t them. Theo’s favorite teacher suggests that they come to school over vacation week for detention or what she calls the “Justice Circle.” She wants them to figure out who vandalized Theo’s photos.