Friday, 13 January 2012

Battle Boy – Book 15 Underwater War


Battle Boy – Book 15 Underwater War by Charlie Carter (Pan Macmillan Australia)
PB RRP $9.99
ISBN: 978 0 330 40432 7
Reviewed by Wendy McLean

The highly successful Battle Boy series is a dramatic and thrilling series that combines science fiction, history and adventure all into one. In each book, 11 year old Napoleon Augustus Smythe (Battle Boy 005) travels back in time as a Human Data Collecting Device (a HD-CD) – to spy on the past and solve famous historical mysteries. Each intriguing mission lands Battle Boy right in the thick of famous battles and military exploits. Battle Boy is guided through his missions by Professor Perdu and a multitude of hi-tech gadgets.

Book 15 is just as gripping as the earlier books, with Napoleon heading back in time to the famous Battle of the Atlantic – the longest battle of the Second World War. Napoleon must survive the underwater wars between Allied battleships and German U-boats. With this mission possibly his most dangerous Napoleon will need every bit of his survival gear (Simulskin, Boot Boosters and Chameli-Shirt) to survive!

The Battle Boy Series is a compelling, action-packed series that will engage even the most reluctant reader. The books are short, and are divided into eight to twelve easy to read chapters. The text is broken up by black and white illustrations of Napoleon’s special survival gear and dramatic battle scenes. The author Charlie Carter has cleverly drawn on famous historical battles and events and reworked them into action-packed adventures that will appeal to boys and girls aged 6-10 years.

Readers can check out the other Battle Boy books at: http://www.battleboy.com.au/

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