Children’s Book of the Week: Sinister Summer by C.A. Hartnell
I’ve been gone for a while. I was prepping for family road trip and vacation. We’re still on vacation, and getting ready to head back home. I’m back now though with another book of the week. This week’s book was sent to me by a local Las Vegas author. In fact I was sent all four book in The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann. I’m going to be reviewing book two for you; Sinister Summer: Cars, Cruisers, & Close Calls.
Sinister Summer: Cars, Cruisers, & Close Calls by C.A. Hartnell
I absolutely love this book. This is the first time I have done a book of the week for an older age group. The book is 160 pages long. It follows along two kids, Pete and Carol Ann, in California. It’s all about their summer in 1955. Carol Ann says the summer they were having was very sinister, and I’d say it was as well. The book wraps up with them finding out what was causing most of the sinister things
One of the coolest parts of the book was that Carol Ann’s great aunt and great uncle, “The Greats,” were traveling to California from Chicago along Route 66. That was my favorite part, because on our road trip to New York from Las Vegas we followed alongside Route 66 for a large portion of it.
Another cool element of the book is that they have a map of Carol Ann’s yard, a character page, a short photo album, a recipe, a list of what things cost in 1950s, and a glossary of words in the 1950s.
This book is going to be great for kids ages eight to twelve. Honestly though I thought it was a fun book now as an adult. I will definitely be recommending this book to everyone I know with kids in that age group.
You can get your own copies of the for books in the series here.
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