Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lost Island Smugglers by Max Elliot Anderson

Published by Port Yonder Press
Pages: 276
Genre: Middle Grades Adventure
Source: Received an ARC from the publisher for review.

All opinions expressed in this review are mine

This is the first book in the Sam Cooper Adventure Series. Sam’s father is a marine biologist. Just about the time he gets settled and makes friends his dad’s job takes them somewhere else. Now Sam’s family has moved to Florida. Sam has made two new friends, Tony and Tyler. Tony’s father owns a marina. Tony invites Tyler and Sam to take free scuba classes. After, they have successfully passed their classes. Tony invites his friends to go diving in the ocean. He takes his father’s catamaran without permission. Sam knows his parents have said no. Will his decision in this matter be the right one or will he find himself in deep water?

I am familiar with this author's works.   Once again he has not disappointed.  I would say that this is probably going to be my favorite of his books.  That is until the next one comes out and I read it.
The lesson about being honest and obedient is a good one. I love the fact that Max always has a clear lesson and a Christian theme. However, he is never preachy. One of the things I really liked about this book is that it takes place in Florida which is where I live. I know this will be a selling point to my students. The fact that the three main characters are all young boys the age of my students is another plus. This is a book that I believe both boys and girls who are looking for adventure will thoroughly enjoy. I know that this is the first book in the series but,  I have hopes that we will learn more about Sam’s father and his job in the Everglades. This is a hope on my part because the Everglades is one of my favorite places to visit. I can’t wait to place this series on my shelves at school.


Max Elliot Anderson grew up as a struggling, reluctant reader. Using his extensive experience in the production of motion pictures, videos, and television commercials, he brings the same visual excitement and heart-pounding action to his adventure and mystery stories, written especially for tween boys. Both boys and girls have reported that reading one of his books is like being in an exciting movie.

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