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. Volume IX Number 2 . . . . September 20, 2002
Rick and Willow are sleuthing again in "Adventure.Net #3." This time, they accompany their parents to a documentary film shoot in Alberta's dinosaur country. Most of the fossilized remains of a huge T-Rex have been discovered, and the kids get to help the paleontological team of experts and volunteers. Everything has been found except for the head. But accidents and disappearing equipment plague the dig. Willow and Rick make friends with local kids, do some detecting, and discover that all is not as it seems.
Previous "Adventure.Net" books were set in the B.C. Kootenays (The Silver Boulder) and Ontario (The Lost Sketch). The series, by husband and wife team David and Andrea Spalding, gets better with each book. Andrea writes the stories. David provides the non-fiction boxed inserts with facts about dinosaurs, excavations, history of digs in Alberta and elsewhere, black market fossils, and accompanying websites. A check of the websites cited revealed 15 out of 17 that were live - that's pretty good considering how fast things change on the WWW. Sites chosen are reputable and kid friendly.
Rick and Willow are engaging characters. They have a fun and unconventional life, traveling about in a converted bus with their filmmaker parents, and they are real enough that many kids will think, "Boy, wish I could live like that!" Their personalities get a little more developed with each book. Mom, Dad, other kids, and the cast of suspects are credible. Bring on "Adventure.Net #4"!
Janet Delgatty is Collections Librarian with Children's Services of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, based in Nanaimo, BC.
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