Title: The Fox Hollow MysteryThe Fox Hollow Mystery1
Author: Mary Adrian
Illustrator: Lloyd Coe
Pages: 109
Reading Level: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★

Random kid’s mystery.

The Story.

More than anything else in the world, Jeffrey Jones wants to be a member of the Explorers Club. But in order to join, he has to make a discovery – a scientific discovery. And it can’t be some measly little bug or something; it has to be a fossil, or a piece of petrified wood, or really just anything that’s super impressive.

Jeff tries and tries, but can’t seem to scrape together a find that’s good enough for the club. And then one day Dick Wright, the club’s president, disappears. Maybe if Jeff discovers where Dick has gone – or been taken – that will count as an entrance to the club!

Discussion.

Jeffrey Jones isn’t a terrible characters – he’s actually pretty cute. A little shy and insecure, but with a good head on his shoulders, he tries again and again to push his way into the club but to no avail. In the end, however, he has won not only his membership in the Explorer’s Club, but also respect from the wider community for his quick thinking in rescuing Dick and the discovery of a fossil.

One of the first discoveries Jeff makes is of a ‘Martian’. As it turns out, the ‘Martian’ he saw was really a man dressed up in an astronaut’s costume for a film. Dinosaurs are referred to as being prehistoric animals.

Mild euphemisms – ‘gosh’, ‘golly’, ‘gee’, etc.

Conclusion. Not at all necessary, but a cute story. Definitely filler fiction.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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