by Karen McMillan
What a way to travel. Step onto an elastic island and be transported, or ‘pinged’, to another place “faster than a plane…more environmentally sound…but not for the fainthearted”. Be sure to hold on tight to a palm tree while you’re pinged almost instantly to another landing place.
In this seventh book in the Elastic Island series, a group of children plus a cat and a dog brave the transit and once again visit an exotic spot.
This time, though, there’s a difference. Unlike previous destinations such as Jewel Lagoon, Port Mugaloo, Kingdom of Blong and Flip Flop Bay, they travel to a real place – Rarotonga.
They’re hoping for a relaxing time but once on the island find there’s a mystery to be solved. They take up the challenge which leads them on a tour to places of local interest and cultural experiences. If you’ve been to Rarotonga you’ll be aware of at least some of them. Each location gives them a clue to the next – the clues being solvable by children in the target readership of 7 to 12 years.
Karen McMillan has an easy straightforward way of writing, and the layout is attractive to young readers. If you’ve missed out on the series so far, no problem, for this one stands on its own.
Author: Karen McMillan
Publisher: Duckling Publishing