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Ebook Review: The Mystery on Alaska's Iditarod Trail


Author Carole Marsh has created the quintessential formula for the perfect kids’ book. The Mystery on Alaska’s Iditarod Trail has everything a kid could ever hope for in a chapter book: the spirit of adventure, the intrigue of a mystery, and a kid-friendly sense of humor. And animals, don’t forget the animals! The Mystery on Alaska’s Iditarod Trail is a story of blockbuster potential, with heart-of-gold kids in the middle of the action, pounding the icy trails of the Last Great Race on Earth.

Amateur detectives Grant and Christina accompany their globetrotting grandmother Mimi and her husband Bob on a trip to Alaska with the rare opportunity to participate in the legendary 17-day Iditarod dog sled race. Their journey is gearing up to be a real adventure until the characters start uncovering sabotage; someone is determined to win, by whatever means necessary. The Iditarod prize is on the line, and the kids are on the case.

Like other Carole Marsh Mysteries, The Mystery on Alaska’s Iditarod Trail is a fun, fast-paced read that manages to sneak in educational value. The kids learn about the Alaskan Gold Rush, ice fishing, caring for sled dogs, the 1925 diphtheria outbreak, the Aurora Borealis, cold weather safety, and time zones along the way. Best of all, the information kids take away from reading books like this comes completely naturally – great food for hungry minds. Marsh’s mystery books appeal to both eager and reluctant readers.

Carole Marsh is clearly an expert in creating books that are educational and entertaining. The Mystery on Alaska’s Iditarod Trail is part of her award-winning Real Kids! Real Places! mystery series. This series is a favorite with many teachers, and has young readers lining up to become characters in her next book. The characters are lovable and memorable, the story is exciting and well-researched, and the results are phenomenal.

Available from Amazon.com and most book retailers.
Paperback, $7.99, 136 pp
Accelerated Reader, Ages 7-14.
Also available as eBook.

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