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Book Review: Snake Surprise! by J.E. Fison - Reviewed by JelindelD (18 Oct 2010)
In book two in the Hazard River series we find the kids holed up playing board games one rainy day when they spot an untethered houseboat surging down the river on a collision course with Mimi’s parents’ yacht. What else can the flummoxed foursome do but spring into action?
Convinced the boat’s owner has been poisoned by a rotten-toothed glass eye-wearing villain and that there is treasure to be found, Ben insists on searching the abandoned craft. They find is a note bearing the words: HELP ME and what follows is more mystery, mayhem and, as its title suggests, a snake.
Jack is a character readers will relate to. So, too, are his dead critter collector brother, Ben, daredevil Lachlan and level-headed Mimi. Written in a light, humorous style with covers that are bright and busy, short chapters, snappy dialogue and plenty of action, these books with attract even the most reluctant reader. With two more titles to come: Tiger Terror and Bat Attack, I can see this series being popular with action-seeking kids 7+.
Julie Fison is a television reporter turned children's author. Her work has been shortlisted for the Raspberry and Vine Short Story Competition 2009 and longlisted for The Times (London) Children's Fiction Competition 2009. Prior to writing the Hazard River series, she spent 20 years in news and features in Australia, Asia and the UK. Julie was a television news reporter and anchor for Asia Television in Hong Kong, covering the rise and fall of the student movement in Beijing, the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the developments that led up to the handover of Hong Kong to China. She spends as much time as possible on the Noosa River, the inspiration for the Hazard River series.
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