HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Lost Treasure: Animal Jam #4
Author: Ellis Byrd
Cover Illustrator: Karianne Koski Hutchinson
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Licenses, 2018
Related website(s): http://www.animaljam.com (series)
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 8 – 12
Rating: **** 4 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Byrd, Ellis. The Lost Treasure: Animal Jam #4 (Published in 2018 by Penguin Young Readers Licenses, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 345 Hudson St., New York City, NY 10014). The Alphas, brave animal leaders including Peck the bunny, Liza the panda, Cosmo the koala, Graham the monkey, Greely the wolf, Eugenie the otter, and Sir Gilbert the tiger, who is their captain, live in the land of Jamaa which they protect from its enemies known as Phantoms. When an ancient treasure map is discovered deep in the Chamber of Knowledge, the Alphas set sail in their ship the Wayfarer to a lost island on an exciting and dangerous voyage to uncover the mystery and find the hidden treasure.
What is this treasure? Faced with ocean storms, quicksand, and other pitfalls around every turn, can the Alphas ever find it? And do they run into any Phantoms along the way? The Lost Treasure is the fourth novel in a fiction series based on “Animal Jam,” the popular online computer game enjoyed by over 65 million users. Longtime fans of the game are sure to love this book that expands the online world, and newcomers can enjoy it too. In this fast-paced, easy to read, adventure story the animals have to use all of their ingenuity and teamwork to complete their search.