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Mystery at Ocean Drive (teen action adventure) [Kindle Edition]

Jan Hurst-Nicholson
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Book Description

MYSTERY AT OCEAN DRIVE a Hardy Boys style action adventure set in South Africa.

When 17 yr old Jason Hunter sets out to discover the identity of the mystery girl at Ocean Drive he and his friends find themselves caught up in a risky intrigue.

Jason is delivering newspapers on his motorbike when a Mercedes sweeps out of a driveway in front of him. He loses control of his scrambler and almost ends up under the car’s wheels. An attractive teenage girl leaps out to ask if he is hurt, but before Jason can reply the girl is bundled back into the Mercedes and driven off.

Jason’s instincts warn him that the girl is in trouble.

The following day he sees her in an upstairs window, but when he asks to speak to her he is told that there is no young girl living there. Why?

Jason is not about to give up and he enlists the help of his friends, Mark and David. Together they make a daring attempt to learn the girl’s identity, but just as it seems to be working, things go horribly wrong...

Has Jason’s intriguing mystery now put all three boys in danger?

MYSTERY AT OCEAN DRIVE was a runner-up in the Citizen/Pan MacMillan South African 2010 YA novel award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 282 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #310,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Jan Hurst-Nicholson lives in sunny South Africa where she is personal chef to an elderly picky cat, and doorman to two dogs who are forever on the wrong side of a door. The dogs sit beside her as she works. The cat sleeps on the work.

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 .

www.just4kix.jimdo.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great 14 Jun. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great mystery book for young boys! Although I'm a grown woman and I enjoyed it to lol
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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant mystery for young readers... 19 Jan. 2012
By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Reminiscent of the Famous Five or the US equivalent the Hardy Boys. Young boys with a keen eye for mysteries and the urge to become the knight in shining armour. It is suitable for 13yrs and upwards, perhaps younger if one or two words are taken out. I think young readers will find it exciting and be able to relate to it. I am not sure how old the boys are in the book, I would place them around 16, however some of their actions seemed a little off key and immature for that age, thinking of the tree scene. Then again boys will be boys at any age. Pleasant read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Kids and Young Adults! 7 Nov. 2012
By Jenn L. - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved it! Mystery at Ocean Drive brought me back to my time as a young girl, avidly devouring books in the Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden series. This one is perhaps better in line with Hardy Boys as our young hero is a boy, but the detective aspect is much the same. Perfect for kids age 8 and up, I will be giving this to my young nephew who is 9.

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.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent mystery for children 19 Jun. 2012
By Kribu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not a bad children's mystery/adventure - "Mystery at Ocean Drive" has a nice straightforward plot with some twists to keep it exciting; the pacing is good and the storyline engaging.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! 16 Jan. 2013
By Cassie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This was such a great book. It took us on an adventure of teenagers trying to help other. The mysterious girl and the determined boy kept me on my toes. I read this book in 2 hours!! Amazing!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant mystery for young readers... 19 Jan. 2012
By Cheryl M-M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Reminiscent of the Famous Five or the US equivalent the Hardy Boys. Young boys with a keen eye for mysteries and the urge to become the knight in shining armour. It is suitable for 13yrs and upwards, perhaps younger if one or two words are taken out. I think young readers will find it exciting and be able to relate to it. I am not sure how old the boys are in the book, I would place them around 16, however some of their actions seemed a little off key and immature for that age, thinking of the tree scene. Then again boys will be boys at any age. Pleasant read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done 8 Jan. 2015
By J. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a really enjoyable read with an interesting little mystery to go along with it. Very well-written, and I hope the author comes out with more like this one. Like another reviewer mentioned, it also reminded me of when I used to read Nancy Drew and the like. Good, clean fun, which is a breath of fresh air.
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