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Book Review: Secret of the Scarlet Stone
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Title: The Secret of the Scarlet Stone: A Gabby Girls Adventure
Author: T.L. Clarke
Publication Date: 2011
Version: Kindle Edition
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Summary Via Goodreads.com:
"The Gabby Girls are drawn together by the only thing that they have in common, which is the mysterious scarlet pendant they each possess. But things seem even stranger when they find a clue that tempts them with the answer to the question they have longed to know.
After all, Gabby Girls always stick together, and every day is a…Gabby Girls Adventure!"
When Gabrielle is sent to a special school by her Grandmother (her caretaker since her Mother’s death), she is not too happy about it. She thinks the headmistress is mean and rude and clashes with her personality. She also shares a room with 3 other girls, Jessica (a plump, nervous, but very friendly girl), Zora (a super smart girl), and Rosalinda (a rich stuck up snobby girl). While the girls are unpacking they discover that they all have one thing in common…a beautiful necklace with scarlet stones. They know there is more to the necklaces when they find a clue indicating such. There begins their adventure. They name themselves the Gabby Girls because of a little incident in the school hall. They begin their adventure after bed check one night. They follow the clue which is more difficult that they ever would have thought to figure out. The four girls have quite the adventure with much mishap and tension. After all they are four teenage girls trying to cooperate. Gabrielle takes on the leader role, as her personality makes that a perfect fit. Rosalinda is the one most reluctant to go or to continue once they start. If they want to get out of the mystery they have willingly started they will have to learn to work together and overcome personality conflicts. As they work through the mystery they learn many things about their necklaces and themselves. The question they all share is, why are they the ones that seem to be meant to solve the mystery? Will it be explained when they find the end of the adventure, if they make it that far? To find the answer they will have to go through many challenges, like the drop away floor, the waterfalls, and a rickety old bridge that overhangs a death drop to rushing water.
This was a very good book that was jam packed with adventure, magic, and the power of friendship and teamwork. Bits and pieces of it reminded me of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because of what they go through to get to the end to find the answers, much like Harry and his friends do to get to the truth of the Sorcerer’s Stone. There was clues what the girls had to do to make it past obstacles and they had to figure out the clue to get a safe passage to the next step and clue. What they find at the end of the mystery just made my jaw drop. It was a wonderful way to make sure the adventures continued. I really liked this book, it was well paced and well written. The power of friendship is not lost in this book either. The four girls may have their differences, but they have one thing that they all want…to figure out what is really going on. They use that to build a crazy friendship and team that just seems to work for them. I can’t wait to read the next book to see what crazy adventures the Gabby Girls go on next. I couldn’t help but start to like the characters in this book, they are so realistic. I found myself comparing them to people I know in my life because of their very realistic personalities. Great Young Adult book!
This book counts toward the challenges: 100 Book, 1,000,000 Pages Read, Cupcake Wars, Mystery and Suspense Challenge, and Young Adult Challenge
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