My nephew loves this book. He enjoys the storylines and how the characters handle problems. He read the first series in third grade and is now in fifth and still loves the stories, even they are below his reading level. He re-reads the first series often interspersed with his other reading because he likes how Jack get out of tight spots.
My son liked this book series though he prefers the first one ("Secret Agent Jack Stalwart). There are two mistakes at the beginning of the book: "yes" means "sim" and "no" means "nao" in portuguese. "Tchau" means "bye bye".
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Elizabeth Singer Hunt continues her "The Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart Series" with “The Adventure in the Amazon”. This exciting addition to the series highlights ecological issues and their importance to our world. Focusing on the Amazon Rain Forest, this book sends the Stalwart Brothers on a rescue mission.
Secret agent gadgets and activities, geographic and cultural information combine in “The Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart Series" introducing young readers to these subjects in the same manner Treehouse Series" focused on history.
Once again an active agent the Global Protection Force (GPF), Jack and his younger brother Max, who is now an agent of the GPF, are asked to rescue Ginny Rosebottom, a scientist missing in the Amazon Rain Forest. Sent to Brazil, the brothers encounter the notorious Pistol Pedro and his gang. During their rescue mission, Max and Jack face grave danger before triumphing over their adversary.
Elizabeth Singer Hunt does an excellent job drawing readers into the story through her introductory sections. These also help familiarize readers with the Stalwarts and the GPF. In addition to a two-page spread detailing GPF gadgets found in every book of the Stalwart series, this book provides educational material, pertinent to the story, but disguised so young readers do not realize the intent. One depicts a world map and pinpoints Brazil; another some interesting facts about it; a third, information concerning the Amazon Rain Forest; another focuses on interesting inhabitants. There are also brief biographies of each member of the Stalwart family and finally, a GPF Gadget Instruction Manual.
“The Adventure in the Amazon” is not a difficult book to read. Chapters are short, the print is larger, and there is plenty of white space. While the book is an easy, quick read, there are some more challenging vocabulary words used in the text. Elizabeth Singer Hunt does an excellent job defining words and phrases or concepts throughout the book, but always does so in a manner that helps the story move forward. A young reader will learn vocabulary, cultural, and geographic information without realizing he/she is doing so. The story maintains the reader's interest using exciting situations and "secret agent" activities.
There are multiple illustrations throughout the book; these help break up the text for younger readers. In the Advance Reader Copy, Brian Williamson's pen-and-ink drawings are primarily one-dimensional. However, some of the illustrations have been shaded and show depth; the color illustration on the cover is detailed and has depth and dimension. It may be an example of the depth and detail contained in illustration of the final edition of the book.
This exciting story, involved boys having adventures and foiling the bad guys appealed to my grandson. I loved it because of its subtle educational aspects. I will be recommending “The Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart Series” to my friends for their children/grandchildren.