J E Fison’s Hazard River adventures (published by Ford Street) just keep getting better and better.
I was completely hooked in by the start of this book.
It was probably my mother’s screaming that frightened the cat. It’s just a guess. No one knows for sure why a cat fell from a ten-storey building onto my head.
So who is this cat and where does it come from and what does it have to do with tigers?
Everyone knows that tigers are on the verge of extinction, so what’s a tiger’s paw doing in a medicine shop in Chinatown?
Jack, his brother Ben and friends, Mimi and Lachlan become junior spies and set out to solve the mystery. But having a cat fall on his head is just the beginning of Jack’s problems. There’s also the embarrassment of Thomas the Tank engine pyjamas and the fact that he has missed the Chinese Circus.
None of these are life threatening, but Scarface and One Finger the crooks they are trailing, certainly are. The kids from Hazard River are going to need all their wits about them to survive this one.
Tiger Terror is the third book in the Hazard River series is packed with more great humour and action.
Jack and his friends are getting ready for a night of New Year’s Eve fun at the local disco but then a mad driver almost runs them over and things start to go wrong.
Jack has always fancied himself as a dancer and is determined to win one of the two iPods on offer at the disco, but success doesn’t taste as good as he expected – especially when a bully with green hair thinks he should have been the rightful winner.
In this adventure, the kids also have to contend with quicksand and a vicious dog.
And when they encounter the mad driver again, they discover that he has a plan to blow up the old mine and this will lead to the destruction of an entire colony of endangered ghost bats living there.
Jack, Ben, Lachlan and Mimi are determined to do whatever it takes to save the bats.
Bat Attack is the fourth Hazard River book and I am enjoying seeing these four characters develop across the series and emerge in their individual ways.
The Hazard River books are fast-paced easy reads, even for reluctant readers. They have likeable characters, humour and action to keep kids turning the pages.
They deal with issues of endangered animals without giving kids a ‘lesson’ and the fabulous cover illustrations have all been done by the talented Marc McBride.
A Hazard River book trailer can be viewed at the Hazard River website