Chasing the Phantom Ship
|June 14, 2016||Posted by admin under Adventure, Canadian, Children's Lit, Young Readers|
Publication Date: April 2016
Matt is not too keen to have his younger cousin, Adam, join him for a 2-week visit before school starts. He just wants to spend his remaining summer holidays with this two friends–Danny and Emma–exploring and hanging out on the beach. When Matt and Adam are stranded on a sandbar one night they witness an unusual sighting. Matt’s ambivalence towards his cousin changes and together they join forces with Danny and Emma to solve the mystery of the phantom ship; and, in doing so, become local heroes.
This story is based in Nova Scotia and the adventure takes place on the Northumberland Strait, making it of particular interest to Maritimers. All the characters were typical, believable and likable. The story touches a little on a ghost and a phantom ship, but it is a convincing tale especially if you are aware of the history of the ghost ship of the Northumberland Strait. The author does a great job telling the story from the voice of an eleven-year-old boy. If you really pay attention, you will notice the book comes full circle at the end when Matt is given a special gift (this was one of my favorite parts of the story).
The book is extremely well written and very descriptive. Readers will be easily entrenched in the plot and will feel like they are a part of the adventure. The book is 128 pages and is divided into 35 chapters. The story has an easy ebb and flow pace which makes it ideal for reading the entire book in one sitting. Young readers between the ages of 8 and 12 will enjoy reading about Matt and his friends and their quest to unravel the ghostly encounter.
I surprisingly enjoyed reading Chasing the Phantom Ship and give it a 2 thumbs up.
For more information about this book or to get your very own copy, visit the publisher’s website here.