Sitting beside a smokey fire, Edison and his new friend Jonathan hear a curious tale of pirates and a cabin boy who is swept into an underwater tunnel on Dead Chest Island. Is the tunnel really there and where does it lead? Edison and Jonathan concoct a crazy scheme to borrow a boat and search for the tunnel. Edison’s loudmouth sister is a vexing last-minute participant inSitting beside a smokey fire, Edison and his new friend Jonathan hear a curious tale of pirates and a cabin boy who is swept into an underwater tunnel on Dead Chest Island. Is the tunnel really there and where does it lead? Edison and Jonathan concoct a crazy scheme to borrow a boat and search for the tunnel. Edison’s loudmouth sister is a vexing last-minute participant in the quest. They set off on a sunny Caribbean afternoon, planning to return in time for supper. But the motor sputters and dies, triggering an amazing chain of events. Find out how the three adventurers deal with a treacherous tidal wave, shadowy dolphinbots, puzzling petroglyphs, a mysterious crystal, and a seriously evil band of spies. Are you ready to expand your reading horizons beyond sorcerers and vampires? Dead Chest Island is perfect for adventurous girls, boys, and dolphins ages 8-12 who are fascinated by the "secrets" of science and the "magic" of technology....
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dead chest island Reviews
Actual rating: 1.5 stars. Interesting story and I liked that it took place in the '50s. I think the author can play around a lot in this era. I was surprised at how short it was, though. It could/should have been fleshed out more, especially since it relies so heavily on the stupid, annoying sister trope.
What would you do if you thought you had come across some spies? It is around 1954, during the days of the Cold War with the old Soviet Union, and young Edison Jones is visiting a tropical Caribbean island, perhaps one of the U. S. Virgin Islands, with his parents and older sister Charlotte. His father, Dr. Jones, is there ostensibly to help close down a World War II era submarine base. At the airport, a man drops a pen, but before Edison can get it to him he disappears in the crowd. Later Edison meets a new friend Jonathan, whose parents work at the hotel where the Joneses are staying, and when Jonathan asks to use the pen, they find out that it’s actually a little camera. Jonathan’s grandfather is a photographer, so the two boys go to him to develop the pictures.The pictures turn out to be photos of the submarine base, but while waiting for them to develop, Jonathan’s grandfather tells a curious tale of pirates and a cabin boy, Jonathan’s great great great granddaddy Samuel, who was swept into an underwater tunnel on Dead Chest Island. Is the tunnel really there and where does it lead? On the way back to the hotel, Jonathan and Edison decide to take a borrowed boat to Dead Chest Island and see for themselves. Charlotte is a last-minute participant. They hope to make it home by supper, but the boat’s motor sputters and dies, triggering an amazing chain of events that involve being stranded on a deserted island, an earthquake, Russian spies, a treacherous tidal wave, shadowy dolphinbots, puzzling petroglyphs, a mysterious crystal, and an American military secret. Will the kids make it home? Will they even survive?While it can be enjoyed by anyone, with its exciting plot, fast-moving action, and short chapters, this book is perfect for “reluctant” readers who like lots of adventure, but maybe aren’t quite ready for a 400+ page book, yet don’t want a “kidified” book with pictures. Author J. J. Parsons has also tried to sprinkle some real-world bits of knowledge about the “secrets” of science and the “magic” of technology into the story so that the reading experience can be educational as well as entertaining. There is a section in the back which explains the background behind some of the concepts and terms found in the book. There is nothing objectionable, just a few common euphemisms (heck, drat, blasted) and one instance where a marine “said a bad word” (I for one certainly appreciate the fact that the actual “bad word” is not used). Dead Chest Island is Book 1 of “The Secrets Begin” series. In Book 2, Dark Signal Mountain, Charlotte wants to find her missing necklace made of the mysterious crystals, and Book 3, Storm Glass Bay, is about an unusual glass globe that drops through a waterspout.
Before buying this book as a gift, I checked out the Web site (www.edisonjones.com) where I found the first chapter, some freebie short stories, and a link to a fun drawing tool (it relates to the book in a surprising way). In the story, Edison Jones meets an island boy named Jonathan. They are working with a strange device called a clinometer and need to do some calculations. Trying to use the pen Edison found at the airport, they discover it is a camera. Jonathan's grandfather is a photographer, so they head to his place to get the film developed (story takes place before digital cameras). Jonathan's grandfather tells the boys an old legend about pirates plundering a merchant ship and a cabin boy who jumps from the deck only to be swallowed into an underwater tunnel on Dead Chest Island. The story is interrupted by an earthquake, apparently a common occurrence. The boys head back, but on the way Jonathan comes up with a scheme to borrow a boat and search for the tunnel. They ask a very strange woman named Margarita Fate for the boat. On the way to the boat they are joined by Edison's sister Charlotte who has issues with Jonathan's skin color. This theme underlies initial interactions between these two, but is resolved in the end. To get back to the plot, naturally the motor dies and the book then gets really interesting as the adventurers encounter a Russian submarine, flee from a tidal wave (caused by the earthquake), get cast up on a deserted island, deal with a hermit crab, puzzle over dolphinbots and petroglyphs, and find a mysterious crystal. In a great scene reminiscent of Lord of the Flies, they build a beach fire and create a ruckus until a shadowy figure emerges from the darkness with what appears to be a head full of serpents. From here, I better let readers find out what happens. The book was fun to read with lots of action. The author packs in lots of quirky details that all fit into the plot. The book is not too long--about 150 pages, so I think it is a perfect gift for kids who have a short attention span, as well as readers who are capable of dealing with longer books
I had the pleasure of meeting [J.J. Parsons] at the Savannah Children's Book Festival. I told her I had picked up her book [Dead Chest Island] at a local book seller. She kindly gave me the second book. That said, this is an unsolicited and honest review.[Dead Chest Island] is a throw back to the mysteries of the 1950's. It made me think of The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Young children getting into adventure after hearing a story about an island that leads to solving a international crime, or foiling it, rather.[Parson's] writing has a good flow and is well thought out. The characters are well developed. I am looking forward to reading the second book and hearing more of Edison'd adventures and see if his sister is still a pest. Highly recommend this book to school libraries.
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I wanted this book for my son. He's a little young for it right now but I figured I would try and win it anyway. It seems to be written very well but a short way in I kinda lost interest. I can't really share it with my son right now, but when I can I will update my rating and review depending on if he likes it.