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Saturday 23 November 2013

Review: Truly Tan - Spooked

Tan is a warm, intelligent child who is currently one of my favourite characters in children’s books. Her sense of fairness, and good a manners towards everyone even her quirky sisters, makes her an outstanding role model for young readers. Her love of adventure and ability to imagine and create always brings me laughter and enjoyment.

Between updates about her cat E who is currently penned in and all the non-stop happenings that surround the Callahan family’s life, Tan continues her diary entries.  These are full of entertaining information about the problems she is currently facing, mysteries to be solved at World Headquarters, and her thoughts on everything. Tan’s stories hold wonderful themes about family unity, friendships and challenges that children encounter on a daily basis.

In Spooked, Tan is faced with a best friend dilemma. When she tells Gloria that Molly, her other best friend from the city is coming to stay for four weeks, Gloria reacts strangely. She distances herself from Tan and this becomes a problem they both work to solve. But a parallel mystery brings the three friends closer together as they investigate an unusual crime.

Who is stealing the stone features from people’s gardens and why? The girls are spooked by the changing position of the stone donkey outside the Dalenburg’s Dairy.  And as they discover the reasons for the strange happenings, they learn an interesting lesson on why things are not always as they first appear.    

Title: Truly Tan: Spooked
Author: Jen Storer
Illustrator: Claire Robertson
Publisher: ABC Books, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: November 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780733331237
For ages: 9+
Type: Junior Fiction