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The Scarlet Files: Mission Gone Wild Paperback – 1 Jul 2016
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As well as the mysterious dagger, complete with a master criminal, we also follow Scarlet and her family life. This includes issues with her father, bullying at school and a good background of characters, which helps bring the storyline to life. Of course, though, the point behind the series is that Scar can turn into wild animals and – along with the artefacts that Scar is involved in retrieving – this brings a lot of excitement to a fast paced storyline.
I am sure that my daughter will be following this series. With forty chapters, no illustrations and just over 200 pages, this is for more confident readers. It is a rewarding read though, with lots of action and I like the fact that the main character is a girl who is brave, resourceful and intelligent. It is good to see girls represented as the more active main character in an adventure story and I am pleased to recommend this. Ideal for readers of approx 8+.
In other words, Scarlet’s inability to learn patience rather annoyed me in this book. In fact, her lack of patience is rather a running theme. But it does mean that the adventure comes thick and fast, with Scar constantly getting into trouble and needing to find a way out. Luckily for her, Ethan is once again along for the ride, and much more confident in himself this time.
Aside from cat burglary, this book also deals with hunting of critically endangered species, the illegal fur trade and Aztec magic alongside more everyday teenage concerns such as a new relationship for Scar’s father and bullying at school. It neatly mixes the magical with the mundane in an exciting, fast-paced read. I like that Scar’s shape-shifting abilities don’t come easily to her and there’s plenty of potential for further adventures in the future.
In all this is a good follow up to the first book. My eleven-year-old niece loves the series and can’t wait to read the next one – and I can easily see why.
Mission Gone Wild is an engrossing mix of mystery and adventure, a bit of action, and a bit of "magic". The main character, a young girl called Scar, is the daughter and assistant of a cat burglar. But she has a secret that no one but her best friend knows, not even her dad: Thanks to an Aztec amulet she has the ability to turn into certain animals. Using her skills and her abilities she must find out why master criminal Delgado wants an ancient Aztec sacrificial dagger!
I read a lot of children's books, some I get through pretty quickly and some I have to plod through. This, however, was a treat to read. It hooked me pretty quickly and kept me reading to the end, and I know it will do the same for the kids at school. It is also great to read a book with a strong, adventurous female lead. Highly recommended for 8+ good to strong readers.