REVIEW BY CARLTON ROLLE
Brydie Walker Bain is a playwright, poet, and children's author. She studied History and Theatre & Film at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and furthered her studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Brydie's plays have enjoyed readings in London and sell out audiences in Auckland, Hamilton, and Waitomo.
The story follows the life of Nat Sheppard and her family in New Zealand. At the beginning of the school holiday, Nat and her siblings Jack and Kathleen discover a hidden room in the family house. The room contains a letter and maps with the location of the fabled Sinbad's treasure. In their search, the kids come across others that are professional treasure hunters. These people are willing to do whatever they have to do in order to get money from their loot. With both groups being aware of each other, the rush to get the treasure is on! Nat, Jack, and Kathleen were even more motivated to find the treasure to protect their farm being sold off. It's a very endearing situation for the characters.
I loved the way the book was written. It wasn't too heavy or difficult of a situation to comprehend. Many times, I was hoping that the kids would get everything and more they wanted. It felt like Bain took the time to really craft the imagery of these kids and the landscapes of their adventure. My least favorite aspect of the book was that there was more to the plot that could have been worked out. Then again, that may be the entire purpose of the series is to have the reader continue on to find out what completely happens. One thing that was a little frustrating about reading was some of the names used. I didn't know what they meant, and would be left with context or not knowing at all. It wasn't until I got to the end that I saw there was a short glossary of reference words. I appreciate the cultural reference to the Maori though. It’s insightful and gives greater depth to the entire story behind the treasure.
It’s exhilarating to be a part of a treasure hunt. When it’s woven into family history and future, the kids have no choice but to be drawn by the thrill and hope. This is a good travel adventure book. With so much of it occurring in a cave, it’s cool to see the action happen in a different space. This is great for the youth to be able to read and have really fun imaginative stories. Because of this, I'd be interested in seeing what the next book Brydie Bain writes. If you're looking for your inner youth, while reading, give The Secret of Sinbad's Cave a read.
More can be learned about Brydie Walker Bain at www.facebook.com/brydiewalkerbain
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