Book Review : The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave
The Natnat Adventures
By Brydie Walker Bain
Nat Sheppard’s world is turned upside down on the first day of the school holidays by the discovery of a secret room containing cave maps with clues to an ancient treasure. But Nat and her friends soon discover they’re not the only ones chasing the jewels. Professional treasure hunters are on the trail – and they’re prepared to eliminate anyone in their way.(Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
Recently I’ve hit quite a few books that I feel very humdrum over. The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave is an exciting adventure for tweens. I love the setting in New Zealand and the relationship of the characters. There are multiple relationships between siblings, friends, parent – child, adults – children, and different races. Two of the characters have a slight crush on each other, but it stays appropriate for a young audience.
Pacing in a book is tricky for tweens. Bain does a good job of getting the story moving quickly within a couple of of chapters and keeps moving at a clipping pace. Bain continues to reveal a few secrets at a time and leaves some mystery for future plotting.
The magic works in The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave because of the mythology of Maori and the innate innocence of children who are capable of believing. The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer also worked because of the ability of a child to believe in magic. Who doesn’t want to believe in a little magic?
There is some conversational cursing, but nothing your kids will not have heard at school. Nat’s parents are divorced, but the parents are never seen interacting so there is not any tension. I highly recommend this book for a young audience. I had to buy the next NatNat Adventure and look forward to more.
4 out of 5 stars
- the Mother
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