HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Hooks Files III
Author: Paul Boyce
Cover Designer: Joana Quilantang
Publisher: Tate Publishing, 2015
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 III (published in 2015 by Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC, 127 E. Trade Center Terr., Mustang, OK 73064). Now, let us return to that thrilling summer of 1936 when county coroner and retired civil engineer Elias Hooks and his trusty assistants Billy Coupes and Jessica Sinclair, eleven year old cousins, draw upon their investigative skills of observation and logic to solve several mysteries around Zenith, PA, using 1930’s technology and methods. Where is Lloyd McPherson’s wealth buried? Does the late town cobbler Karl Leitz, who died intestate, have any relatives to bury him? Who is embezzling money from the Carrini Circus which comes to town? And exactly how did Jimmy Crenshaw, whose body was found beside the railroad track, die? The four wholesome, family friendly stories in this book can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
There are a few occurrences of common euphemisms (e.g., “darn”), but the cases involve discussions of questions about personal behavior, responsibility to others, and collective ethics. I am impressed with the fact that Mr. Hooks openly admits, “I’ve always made it a practice to try to live my life in a way that honors God, and I use the Bible as a standard for my behavior.” Anyone who has been overexposed to the current fad and flood of witches, vampires, and supernatural stories, or is tired of Donkey Kong and Space Invaders, will be delighted to read these tales of real people in believable situations where the role models heroes are fathers, grandfathers, and local public servants who can offer values that will help today’s young people to grow into kind, sensitive, loving adults.