Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to welcome author Darlene Foster with us today as a guest contributor. Please scroll down for a special message from our guest today.
About the Book
Title: Amanda in Alberta: The Writing on the Stone | Author: Darlene Foster | Publication Date: July 11, 2014 | Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing | Pages: 156 | Recommended Age: 8 to 12
Amanda has travelled to some interesting places like the United Arab Emirates, Spain and England. She has always enjoyed herself, in spite of the dangerous situations she has found herself in. This time her BFF, Leah from England, is coming to visit her in Alberta. Will she be able to find enough fun things for them to do? After all it is only Alberta, her home province in Canada.
Leah happens to arrive just in time for the Calgary Stampede. While watching the parade, a stone drops out of a clown’s pocket and Amanda picks it up. It´s just a stone – or is it? Upon closer examination, there appears to be a strange mark on it.
Amanda and Leah visit a ranch, go on a cattle drive, explore Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, learn about dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and wander around the crazy Hoodoos. Everyone seems to want the mysterious stone for some reason, including an ornery cowboy who keeps following them. Amanda wonders if the stone is worth ruining Leah´s holiday and placing them both in danger.
While showing Leah unique Alberta sights like the World’s Tallest Tepee and the World’s Largest Dinosaur, Amanda learns more about her fascinating province as she tries to decipher the mysterious writing on the stone and keep it from the wrong hands.
Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone is the fourth book in the Amanda travel adventure series.
A review by This Kid Reviews Books
“Amanda is back in an all-new adventure, but this time, it’s on her turf! Leah (Amanda’s friend) has come all the way from England to visit Amanda in her province of Alberta, Canada. Everything goes well, until a rodeo clown drops a strange stone. Amanda picks it up, and tries to return it to the clown, but she was too late – he was gone. The stone was round and had a marking on it. Suddenly, people seem to be wanting the stone urgently, although their purposes may be unclear – and maybe even dangerous!
This is a marvellous book, one that made me feel like I was there with Amanda and Leah. Ms. Foster really has a way of taking you through the landmarks of Alberta. I found it funny that Alberta has both the World’s Biggest Dinosaur, and the World’s Largest Tipi – Alberta must be a big province! 😉 Amanda is a great middle-grade character. She is a friendly person, and a wonderful role model. Leah is a pretty cool Brit. The plot is fun and engaging as are all of the Amanda books. I love how Ms. Foster puts the reader right in the action and kids get to learn about the exciting places Amanda goes. The action and mystery in the book makes it a fun read for kids!”
About the Author: Darlene Foster
Brought up on a ranch in southern Alberta, Darlene Foster dreamt of travelling the world, meeting interesting people and writing stories. Her short stories have won a number of awards. She is the author of the exciting adventure series featuring spunky 12 year-old Amanda Ross who loves to travel to unique places. Her books include: Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask, Amanda in Spain – The Girl in The Painting, Amanda in England – The Missing Novel and Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone. Readers from seven to seventy enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. Darlene and her husband divide their time between the west coast of Canada and Orihuela Costa, in Spain. She believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true.
Message from the Author
I had fun writing this book since I grew up in Alberta. My twelve year old grandson and I revisited many of the sites in this book to renew my memory. I usually write about foreign places but during an elementary school reading, a student asked me why I didn´t write about Alberta. That gave me an idea to have Amanda stay at home and show Leah around her province. It´s the kids that often inspire me and give me my ideas. Thanks kids!