Thursday 4 November 2010

Phoebe Nash: Detective

Phoebe Nash: Detective by Justin D’Ath (Laguna Bay)
PB RRP $14.95
ISBN 978-0-9805664-3-7
Reviewed by Heather Zubek

This is the second in the series of adventure seeker Phoebe Nash. The first Phoebe Nash: Girl Warrior saw Phoebe and her family travelling through Africa. The second installment follows on from the first story with Phoebe looking forward to a visit from her African friend Sospeter. All the elements are there to get a young pre-teen reading – especially a young female pre-teen. Is Sospeter a boyfriend or not? Best friend dramas, Hanna Montana, make-up and of course the adventures of stolen sapphires and angry animal rights protestors. Author Justin D’Ath knows his audience and uses this knowledge effectively. Justin’s other series includes Extreme Adventures which has as its hero a young teenage boy. This new series is definitely aimed at young girls.

To really enjoy this second installment of Phoebe Nash, readers should read the first, Phoebe Nash: Girl Warrior. There are references to events in the first book that may confuse first time readers. Is it best to write each installment as a stand-alone? I don’t know the answer to this but I guess from a marketing standpoint having readers need to read the entire series is good business. Still, the second story is a great read and the fan base for the heroine should be growing. Suitable for competent readers aged 10+


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