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Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits by Michael D. Beil (Book Review)

Updated on December 2, 2017

Henry Shipley, on a trip back home from New York, meets the insanely smart and chatty Ellie Strasbourg and their crazy adventure begins. Ellie was on her way to be the first to ride the Blue Streak Coaster. Henry would have given anything to be able to ride on it. When Ellie also mentions that there are two of the FBI’s most wanted criminals aboard the train she decides to drag Henry along to find out just what those crooks are up to.

Clarence was an above average conductor. He made sure that the Shoreliner was always on time and that everyone was having a good time. Some of the other workers on the train may have thought him crazy since he was always talking to his cat, but you wouldn’t think him crazy if you knew that he could actually hear his cat speaking to him. That’s right! Clarence’s cat, Lantern Sam, could speak.

When Ellie is kidnapped it is up to Henry, Sam, and Clarence to find out what happened to her. Will they be able to find her before the criminals make off with Ellie’s mother’s necklace?

This book was spectacular. It had just the right amount of historical reference and yet it was still something that a child could read and understand what was going on. I found it a very easy read and finished it in just an hour. There was just enough foreshadowing that you could guess who the criminals were but Michael D. Beil also threw in some other people to mix things up and have you questioning whether you were right or not about the criminals. You will fall in love with the sassy and knowledgeable Lantern Sam.

Rating: 5 out of 5


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