AR level: none yet (this series is typically 3.__)
Grade appropriate: 1st and up
Overall: 4/5-- This series is consistently wonderful for beginning chapter book readers. It is a mystery that doesn’t sacrifice plot for simplicity. The family visits famous landmarks in each book and we get to live vicariously. Occasionally we get the sneaking suspicion that we are being taught something, but the stories are not ruined for it.
In this book the family is in Greece. They are on an archeological dig and find a symbol in the wall that matches Grandpa Harry’s coin. Why?!?
Creativity: 5/5-- The books take place in different countries as the family travels for Mrs. Briar’s newspaper column. She writes about each country as they visit it.
Characters: 5/5-- Ethan and Ella are likable and relatable.
Engrossing: 4/5-- They hold your attention without the beginning readers getting bogged down.
Appeal to kids: 5/5-- My high 1st graders, 2nd graders and 3rd graders eat this series up! Perfect for fans of Magic Treehouse.
Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5-- Perfection.