- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 974 KB
- Print Length: 98 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Just4kix Books (30 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004H1TD38
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #503,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
Her articles, humorous articles and short stories have appeared in South African and overseas magazines and these were compiled into a book: "Something to Read on the Plane - a bit of light literature, short stories & other fun stuff," and "I Made These Up (short stories for the fireside)"
Her first children's book was "Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs" published by Gecko Books, and was one of Bookchat's 1993 South African Books of the Year. This was followed by "Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the kidnapped mouse" which was selected as one of the 2013 Kart Kids Book Award winners. 'Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the bottled bat' is awaiting publication. These are humorous, animal, detective stories set in a nature reserve.
"Bheki and the Magic Light", which tells of a bullied herd boy who becomes a hero, was published by Penguin SA and is now also available as an e-book.
'Jake,' was published by Cambridge University Press.
'The Race (an inspiring story for left-handers)' is her latest children's book. It also has advice for parents and teachers.
Born in the UK, Jan emigrated from Liverpool to South Africa in the 1970s. Her experiences moving to a new continent were the inspiration for her humorous novel, "But Can You Drink The Water?' which was a semi-finalist (top 50 out of 5000) in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
Jan worked in the R&D department of a large bakery for several years, and this gave her the idea for "The Breadwinners" a family saga spanning 60 years and set in Durban.
Jan has also written a YA/teen novel, Mystery at Ocean Drive which was a runner-up in the 2010 Citizen/Pan MacMillan YA novel award, and is now available as an e-book on Amazon.
Jan's latest novel is "With the Headmaster's Approval" (general fiction with a romance element).
Jan's writing also appears in Edge Words (20 stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature 2006) published by University of Chester, Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul and Chicken Soup for the Soul 101 best stories On Being a Parent; Summer Shorts, and My Funny Major Medical .
Top Customer Reviews
It's a short, fast paced book that will keep you guessing right the way through. the action starts up right away and doesn't give to the very end.
The lead character is a great role model for young boys, he's clever and persistant and also has a pair of great friends willing to help him whenever he needs it.
I found it to be a throughly enjoyable, well written read. It has a very interesting story that I'll be saving for my son when he's older... and my daughters!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
A young man and his close buddies manage to rescue a lovely young lady who is being held against her will by some sinister people in his neighborhood. There are some really exciting moments, some close escapes, and a charming romance (very tame one, mind you) to move the story along. I liked the strong family unit in the book, the supportive friendships, and the overall wholesomeness for lack of a better word. It just felt a bit like Nancy Drew-land where things might get scary but you know somehow there will be a happy ending. Indeed, Mystery at Ocean Drive gives us a happy ending, and I wish that there were more in the series!
The only confusing aspect I found was that I continually wondered where the story took place. The terminology seemed British but some of the areas mentioned just didn't seem to match up with the US or the UK...finally I figured out South Africa after a good deal of wondering. It's really a minor thing but I'm one of those people who likes to know "where" when reading.
Excellent read that any young person, male or female, can enjoy. (And by the way, adults who'd like an escape to the days of their youthful adventures with teenage sleuths will love it too.)
My main issue with this book was that the characterisation felt rather flat and I didn't really connect with any of the main characters. However, considering that it's a relatively short book and two-dimensional characterisation is a common problem in children's mysteries, I don't think it's a big deal - just a personal preference for me.
Another thing I struggled with at first was trying to place the book - the blurb/description didn't tell me and neither was it mentioned anywhere in the first half of the book, so I spent a while trying to work it out from the clues (surfing, beaches, ocean) combined with mostly British English spelling/terminology; at first I thought US, then Australia, until it finally clicked that it's probably South Africa instead (and indeed, it was confirmed later in the book). In a local market, that would not be an issue at all, but this may be something that at least some readers on Amazon would prefer to know in advance to avoid getting confused. Again, this is probably just my personal problem.
Other than that, I'd consider it a pretty decent, quick read, although I'm far from being in the target group.
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