"Sam wondered what kind of bad thing Tony was thinking about
doing. He didn't want to be part of anything he could get into
some serious trouble for."
Sam's family is moving--again. This time his dad's job is taking
them to Florida. At first he's worried about making new friends,
but he ends up meeting two kids right away--Tony and Tyler from
church. Tony's dad owns a marina and treats the three boys to scuba
diving lessons. Once they've passed their final exam, Tony wants
to brave the real ocean without adult supervision. Tyler's
in. Will Sam risk everything to join in the fun? What follows is
an extraordinary event none of them could have fathomed.
Lost Island Smugglers was the perfect book for my third
grader, whose least favorite subject is reading. Max Elliot Anderson
writes in everyday, conversational language, providing a simple
yet enjoyable adventure story for children between the ages of
8 and 11. Even though there are 255 pages, the print is large.
My son liked being able to read without the hassle of defining
a long list of vocabulary words, answering comprehension questions,
and discussing literary terms--things he says "take the fun out
My son really enjoyed this novel and even finished early. Because
I used this book as part of his homeschool reading lesson, I did
give an assignment--a book report. Writing a report was a great
way for him to practice summarizing, ordering events, and writing
complete sentences. Parents or teachers could also include moral
discussions about divorce, lying, friendship, trustworthiness,
At the end of the book, there is a picture and a short lesson
on the catamaran, the same type of boat Sam, Tony, and Tyler sailed.
Children can also read about how to make a shelter in the wilderness,
but I think our family will play it safe and go with making the
recipe for the delicious Chocolate Dessert!
You can provide your middle-grade reader with an easy-to-read
adventure for just $8.95! I think this book is great for boys,
especially boys who might not be overly excited when it comes to
reading. I am already planning to buy the next book in the Sam
Cooper Adventure Series for my son during summer vacation.