HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Case of the Slippery Sharks
Author: Stephen Mooser
Illustrator: Leslie Morrill
Publisher: Troll Communications, 1988
ISBN-13: 978-0816711772 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0816711771 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0816711789 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 081671178X (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 8-12
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Mooser, Stephen. The Case of the Slippery Sharks (published in 1988 by Troll Associates, Mahwah, NJ 07430). Rose Flint, Stanley Duggins, and Alvy (Alkali) Jones are three kids who are good friends, live in the seaside town of Shadow Beach, and are known as “The Treasure Hunters” because they have a regular business helping people find things that have been lost. One day, while hunting for treasure on the beach, they find a gold doubloon. When they take it to a new business in town, the Hammerhead Art Appraisers run by a man named Garth and a woman named Dixie, to see if it is real, they meet up with Captain Jib, another resident of Shadow Beach who is there to have a valuable object appraised. Unfortunately, over the last few months, the town has been plagued by a series of robberies—silver, jewelry, paintings, even a pair of antique cymbals.
A few days later, when the three friends and Captain Jib are out on the beach hunting more treasure, they see something suspicious which they think may be related to the thefts. Who are the robbers? Can the Treasure Hounds locate the stolen goods and solve the mystery? Or will the thieves find out and escape with everything? I enjoyed reading The Case of the Slippery Sharks. No bad language or other objectionable material occurs, and there is an element of mystery that will keep the reader turning the page, although most children may figure out “whodunit” long before the climax. But it is still a fun read. Other volumes in “The Treasure Hounds” series include The Mummy’s Secret, Secret in the Old Mansion, and The Secret Gold Mine.