Josie and the Digger’s Club: #3 Case of the Stolen Medallion


Book: Josie and the Digger’s Club: #3 Case of the Stolen Medallion

Author: Pamela Bush

Illustrator: Darcy Richardson

Publisher: Independently published, 2019

ISBN-13: 978-1083019417

ISBN-10: 1083019414

Language level:  1

(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

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Mystery

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Bush,Pamela.  Josie and the Digger’s Club: #3 Case of the Stolen Medallion (Published in 2019 by Pamela Bush).  Fourteen year old Josie Winnell lives in Paradise, WI, with her sheriff father Tom and mother Marsha, and has formed a “Digger’s Club” with three of her friends, Charles Maxwell, Lily Spencer, and Amy Stone, to solve mysteries.  The Diggers Club members are invited on a spring break vacation with Josie’s parents.  Amy’s family had other plans, but Charlie and Lily are excited to board a jet headed to Asheville, North Carolina, and the Smokey Mountains.  After thoroughly checking out the fancy log home, the Diggers head out to explore the hiking trail leading into the forest, and on a side path they discover a rusted tin container full of jewelry and gems.

     The three decide to investigate on their own and hide the contents in the shed, but a piece comes up missing, a rare old medallion, and footprints are found at the back of the shed.  Should the Diggers tell Josie’s dad about their find?  Who stole the medallion?  And why was one earring left in its place?  This is a very interesting and intriguing story for tweens and early teens.  The children, especially Josie, make some bad choices along the way, but, with the help of Josie’s parents, they learn some important lessons along the way.  It is nice to read a book that portrays a healthy interaction between kids and adults.  There is no bad language or other inappropriate material.  The typical evangelical view of being saved is pictured.

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