My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am to have found this book. It seems like all preteen/teen entertainment involves one of three things:
1. Princesses (or female characters so self-absorbed that they might as well be princesses)
2. Kids who are wiseasses and have no respect for adults in their lives
Chloe Diggins is no princess, and as far as I can tell, she’s not interested in dating vampires.
For those of us who were children of the 80s, did you grow up wanting to be Indiana Jones? I remember watching the movie and thinking that archaeology must be the coolest thing in the world. While I never got closer to an excavation site than sifting through pottery shards in a professor’s office, I’ll never forget that excitement of grand historical adventure. Chloe, on the other hand, gets to live out all of my Indy-esque dreams.
Chloe is smart, warm, energetic and curious. She’s learned quite a lot from her father, and that knowledge guides her on a tremendous adventure in a foreign land. She’s the kind of kid that I wanted to be, one that’s smart enough and strong enough to solve a 500-year-old mystery and save her family in the process.
Yes, it’s a kids’ book, but in the same way that the Harry Potter books were technically kids’ books. I think you’ll like it.