HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Hooks Files II: Kidnapped, Larceny, Burglary, Ghosts
Author: Paul Boyce
Cover Illustrator: Blake Brasor
Publisher: Tate Publishing, 2013
Related website: https://buypaulboycebooks.com (author)
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 10-14
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Boyce, Paul. The Hooks Files II: Kidnapped, Larceny, Burglary, Ghosts (published in 2013 by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 127 E. Trade Center Terrace, Mustang, OK 73064). Eleven-year-old Billy Coupes, his cousin Jessica Sinclair, and the county coroner Elias Hooks are back and teaming up to solve a bunch of baffling mysteries in the quiet little town of Zenith, PA, during the summer of 1936, with the help of their friends Dr. Andy Bulmer, Sheriff Henry Dunkley, and mortician William Morgan. What happens to Billy and Jessica when Junior Ocher escapes from the State Patrol and kidnaps the two youngsters? Who is stealing the candy from the camp store when the Coupes family, Jessica, and Mr. Hooks all go to Bell State Park on a fishing trip? Do the strange lights that neighbors are seeing around the old McPherson farm mean that there are ghosts on the place? And how does a valuable crystal bowl stolen from the McPherson’s house end up at the Zenith Harvest Festival?
Author Paul Boyce told me the following: “My purpose in writing the Files is, hopefully, to demonstrate that as we move into the twenty first century, family life as we once knew it may not be all that bad. It’s okay for a child to call their father, and other elders, ‘Sir.’ It’s a good thing when the family sits down to dinner together. It can be fun to live one’s life without a cell phone. Most of all, being smart and using one’s intelligence are both fun and beneficial.” Amen! This very well written book geared for young adults is an enjoyable, pleasant read. It portrays people showing concern for their neighbors, a respectful relationship between the two young detectives and the adults around them, and just a lot of common sense. Anyone who would simply like to relax with a good story should enjoy it.