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Friday, November 17

Addison Cooke....and his Crazy, Globe-Trotting Adventures!

Recently, we were sent an advance copy of the newest Addison Cooke book from Penguin Random House Publishing.  We had never heard of this series, but the cover looked intriguing (and my boys love Indiana Jones!), so we plowed on in....

“What to give the kid who’s read all the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson  books? Try Addison Cooke.”
  –Parents Magazine

Book 2 :  Addison Cooke and the Tomb of the Khan
Fresh off of a victorious treasure hunt and rescue mission in South America, Addison Cooke just can't seem to steer clear of rogue bandits, pesky booby traps, and secret treasure troves. But it sure beats sitting around in school all day.  
Addison's aunt and uncle, on the other hand, are none too happy about their habit of attracting kidnappers. When they become pawns in a dangerous gang's plan to steal the most prized possession of the notorious Mongolian leader Genghis Khan, Addison and his friends find themselves once again caught in the middle of a multi-million-dollar international heist. Armed with nothing but their wits and thirst for adventure, they travel across Asia in an attempt to rescue Addison's family and stop the treasure from falling into the wrong hands.  Brimming with round-the-clock action and tons of laughter, Addison Cooke and the Tomb of the Khan is perfect for fans of Indiana Jones, ancient history, and James Patterson’s Treasure Hunters series.

Our Thoughts :
Written for grades 4-7, both my youngest and oldest readers enjoyed this adventure!  We chose to read aloud together as a family, which is one of our favorite evening activities, and experience the adventure together.  However, it would be an appropriate read for anyone at at least a 4th grade reading level.  This is a fast-paced adventure, which is a good thing for keeping my boys interested, and includes a lot of geography and history facts within the pages.  There are suspensions of belief, good luck talismans, crazy storylines, and a whole host of other things that will remind you of Indiana Jones for this age level.  There are both girls and boys as protagonists, and many girls will enjoy the story, too.  As an added plus for mom, there is a lot of humor tucked into these pages, but don't worry - it's all appropriate!

Book 1 :  Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas
Twelve-year-old Addison Cooke just wishes something exciting would happen to him. His aunt and uncle, both world-famous researchers, travel to the ends of the earth searching for hidden treasure, dodging dangerous robbers along the way, while Addison is stuck in school all day.  Luckily for Addison, adventure has a way of finding the Cookes. After his uncle unearths the first ancient Incan clue needed to find a vast trove of lost treasure, he is kidnapped by members of a shadowy organization intent on stealing the riches. Addison’s uncle is the bandits’ key to deciphering the ancient clues and looting the treasure . . . unless Addison and his friends can outsmart the kidnappers and crack the code first. So it’s off to South America, where the excitement, danger, gold, booby traps, and car chases are never-ending!

About the Author :
Jonathan W. Stokes ( is a former teacher who is now a Hollywood screenwriter.  He has written screenplays on assignment for Warner Brothers, Universal, Fox, Paramount, New Line, and Sony/Columbia. Inspired by a childhood love of The Goonies and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jonathan set out to write his first novel, Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas. Born in Manhattan, he currently resides in Los Angeles, where he can be found showing off his incredible taste in dishware and impressive  96% accuracy with high fives. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @jonathanwstokes

🎄🎄This series would make an excellent Christmas gift for tweens and teens!!  Click on the image below to purchase the Addison Cooke series.  🎄🎄
 Addison Cooke books

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