The Mystery of the Lost Avenger by Linda Maria Frank. I love when I find a book my niece and nephew would like to read with me. They really enjoyed this and we had fun reading it together. This was a fun mystery that my niece and nephew really got into. The characters pulled us in immediately and the storyline was interesting and great for all ages. It’s well written and paced nicely. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more from this author. I have to give this one five stars it’s definitely enjoyable for any age.
This is a fun, easy to read, historical mystery. This novel is a great exploration into how generations who have gone by can influence future generations and how family ties run deep. When an old World War 2 plane is found in the Appalachians with a note from Annie’s grandmother inside this leads to questions over her great grandmothers role in the war. Featuring ghosts, codes and potential spies this easy to follow, fun story is a great ghost story to get lost in.
This book is a wonderful read for both young readers and adults alike. It educated the young children about the World War II, especially about women who took part in the war. The central character in the story, Charlotte Wheeler was one of the Women air force service pilots in WW2 , she flew planes to transport them to a military base.
The story is centered around a mystery involving a crashed plane and its missing pilot. The NCIS finds a note in the crashed plane, which traces it to charlotte wheeler and her family members. When Annie’s mother gets a call from the NCIS, Annie, who is about to go to college, tries to solve the mystery and learns about the women who served during WW2. Annie and her mother, find more letters in the attic and she, along with her boyfriend Ty, try to solve the pieces of the puzzle together with the resources available to them, and succeed eventually.
It is a very cool mystery and both young and old alike can enjoy this book. I am thinking of introducing this book to my young readers at home as well. This is the fourth in the Annie Tillary series, I have not read the first three. I now look forward to read the remaining books of the series.
The Mystery Of The Lost Avenger is a great, interesting read for the young as well as the older. The story was very enriching as well as adventurous. Loved the story very much. It was a great, fun mystery read which included a ghost and also included some history and family ties, which I absolutely loved. This is a new to me author but I enjoyed her book very much and am excited to read more of her work.
The Mystery of the Lost Avenger is a wonderful story. It’s a cross between Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I love the history that is in it. Learning who someone was in your family is always great. The wreckage of a World War II plane is found in the mountains of Appalachia. It mysteriously crashed in 1943 on its way to a naval base.
Such a fantastic story! The historical element was right up my alley and mixing that with the mystery meant this book was one I wish I had available to read when I was younger! I will definitely be looking out for the rest in the series!
Reviewed by @sparkinside
Carol Wheeler receives a letter in the post from the NCIS to say that they have found a note in a plane which crashed in 1943 and it has been linked to her grandmother Charlotte Wheeler, but she cannot believe that they are talking about the same woman, so she decides to go back to her family home and have a look in some of the trunks that have been stored in the attic, she leaves very suddenly when someone slams a door and then disappears into thin air. Annie Tillery is about to head to University and is almost done packing when her dad comes for a visit, as they talk about her kitten, Annie makes some coffee, while she is doing this her Auntie comes over to the house as well. When they all have refreshments, Annie’s dad gives her a copy of the letter that her mum received and is dumbfounded and extremely curious at the same time as she doesn’t know a lot about her mum’s side of the family and to now find out that she was an instrumental and important part of World War II it is a lot to take in.
When Carol turns up the next day with the things that she has found in the attic, it is the start of a mystery which they all want to solve and so they start with reading some love letters between Charlotte and her fiance, but as they are studying them, they begin to see that there are little strings of numbers and borders which aren’t normally on the stationary used in the armed forces at the time. They decide to bring Annie’s boyfriend Ty in on the action as he is good with codes and when they do manage to crack it, a whole new piece of the puzzle is revealed and how it connects to the note found in the plane, but it also asks a whole new set of questions as well. As they continue to decode the letters and read through them, they realise that they need more information, so they go back to the attic to look for more clues and when they do, the ghost returns and slams some more doors, this again leads to more important clues to the mystery.
As they find the need to travel more, Ty takes to the air as a newly qualified pilot to take them between their homes, as he is going through the checklists, Annie feels a connection to the plane, as if she has been in one before, despite it being her first time and when they talk to the people on the airfield about what they are finding out, everyone wants to be kept updated on their findings. Will Annie, her family and her boyfriend be able to find out why the plane crashed and what Annie’s great grandmother’s part was in it? This story is full of mystery and intrigue as you unravel the tangled web of clues to find out what really happened to the downed plane and why, a great read for all ages.
Reviewed by @roxsannel
Mystery of the Lost Avenger (Book 4) is a wonderful blend of historical fiction and mystery. This is my first read from Linda Maria Frank and I found her writing style, plot and pacing admirable. I also love reading about anything WWII, and there’s plenty of intrigue and adventure to keep you turning pages. I recommend this for readers of all ages.
The Mystery of the Lost Avenger is the first I have read by Linda Maria Frank. It seems like it is part of a series, as there is several mentions of Ty and Annie’s past adventures. The book says it is geared toward 8 to 10 year old, but I have a 9 and 11 year old, and think its a little long for that age group. Definitely a youth novel, the writing is basic and easy to understand. The story has a lot of mystery to it, and we do not discover the answers until the very end. Despite feeling like the characters should have turned everything over to the professionals, and I was hoping for a more climatic ending, but it was a good book. I would read more if its a series. There is a touch of WWII history, which I love, but it doesn’t go too deep. There are a lot of characters, who all seem to be related or connected in some way. Very close tight knit group. I recommend this book, as it was entertaining and well written. The mystery remained as such, and kept me hooked until the end.
Reviewed by @way2gosmartguy
This was a really interesting story about learning about your family history and how sometimes we never know the full story.
Annie and Ty are set to start their new adventure together. That is until Annie’s mum receives a letter about Annie’s Great Grandma..
Charlotte was a WASP in the WWII. She loved her job making and flying the Avenger aircrafts until on day she notices something wrong.
Fast forward to present day and its Annie’s job to unravel the mystery surrounding Charlotte, what she discovered and how it all links to the discovery of a missing Avenger and a deceased pilot.
This book is a mystery adventure story. It reads for middle schoolers to young adults. The plot-line is simple but entertaining. The characters are unique and fully developed. There is a mystery behind a letter found in a WWII plane wreckage. The letter led to Annie and her mother. This letter brings an adventure for Annie who investigates her past. I highly recommend this book
This is my first book by this author and the story was amazing. A kids’ adventure mystery, the story focuses on the main character (Annie Tillery) and her late great-grandmother.
Charlotte Wheeler was a WWII WASP, women assigned to build and pilot planes to naval bases. A love letter written by Charlotte to a naval pilot was found in the recently discovered wreckage of an Avenger, a plane that had crashed in 1943. The NCIS tracks down Charlotte’s granddaughter and great-granddaughter. A trip to the family home leads to an even bigger mystery; just who was Charlotte, why was a note written by her, in the plane that had gone down, and who was trying to kill her? A fun story full of mystery and ghosts, I highly recommend this book.
Review by @terrijomcallister
THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST AVENGER (ANNIE TILLERY MYSTERIES) by LINDA MARIA FRANK. This book was so good. It is meant as a kids story but I enjoyed just as much as a kid would! Its the story of the women involved in Aviation back in 1943 during WWII. When Annie, Charlotte’s great grand daughter finds a note written by Charlotte in one of these old planes the mystery begins. This plane had disappeared in in mysterious circumstances so the whole family gets involved in finding out the real story. Charlotte tested these plane before battle and she had fallen in love with one of the pilots. After they find the note they begin to look in their grandmothers old things and find more clues. This is such a fun mystery. I think kids and adults alike will enjoy this fun read.
This book is the fourth book in the series from Linda Maria Frank’s Annie Tillery Mystery books. They are categorized as a young reader book series. However, if you love to read “young adult” books like myself, then you will absolutely love this book and her series. I LOVED THIS BOOK! I would give it 10 stars if I could. I loved that it took me on a mystery back to the World War II era involving a crashed plane and its missing pilot and her treasures. I thought her storytelling of the mystery solving processes in this era were fantastic because they certainly didn’t have all the technology back then that they do today. I think that for children it’s especially important for them to be able to read about the differences in the eras and how the processes were so different in solving the mystery. In my opinion, I think that young adults of all ages will enjoy this book. Even though this is part of a series, each book is a stand-alone and you don’t have to read in any order. I think these books should be available in all school libraries and the kids’ reading lists. I look forward to the reading the next book in the series.
This is a children’s book (for ages 8-10) and is 194 pages. This story follows Annie and her mother as they investigate why a plane crashed in 1943. Annie’s great grandmother, Charlotte, tested planes and flew them to the bases. Her fiancé flew the planes in the war. When a plane crashed, a note was discovered and is traced to the surviving family members. Something does not seem right. Annie and her mother decide to go digging in the attic for answers. They find love letters written to Charlotte’s fiancé and there appears to be a code within these letters. My son loved reading this adventure story.
THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST AVENGER (ANNIE TILLERY MYSTERIES) by LINDA MARIA FRANK
The Mystery of The Lost Avenger by Linda Maria Frank is a cute little mystery story aimed for young adults or children aged eight to ten. I read this with my second grade nephew and he absolutely loved it. You could hear the excitement in his voice as were reading. This follows Annie and her mother as they investigate why a plane crashed in 1943. They find a letter from great grandmother Charlotte . Find out what happens when they start to put the pieces together from the letters. I think young a5old heck any age can enjoy this book. I look forward to reading more from this Author with my nephew. He truly enjoyed it and has asked me to read it again.
The Mystery of the Lost Avenger is a cute mystery story. It is the fourth story in the Annie Tillery Mystery. I haven’t read the other three mysteries, but this was a fun, quick read.
Annie is about to go off to college, but during her last couple weeks before moving, her mom gets a call from the NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) about a letter from her Great Grandma. Instead of relaxing the last bit before leaving for school, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery and learning about the woman of WWII who were their own kind of heroes.
When thr mystery just keeps unfolding, Annie and Ty (Annie’s boyfriend) keep using resources they’ve met through other mysteries.
This was a fun mystery based on family ties and history. A cold case is generally tough, but Annie and Ty and the rest of the bunch solved the case, no problem!
This was my first time reading this author and I was not disappointed! Linda introduced me to some new, fascinating characters that were reminiscent of Nancy Drew and Ned. I truly enjoyed how she pulled in the WASPs and integrated it into a mystery steeped in our history of WWII.
Even though there was a previous book in this series, I did not feel like I missed out on anything that was pertinent to this story line. (Although, I will go back and find the first book!) Definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a strong, female character, family centric mystery and history!
THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST AVENGER (ANNIE TILLERY MYSTERIES) by LINDA MARIA FRANK was a story full of mystery and paranormal. This book was such a fun read. The mystery get you right on edge.
Annie Tillery’s great-grandmother Charolette was in love with a pilot. She tested the planes while the pilot would fly them to battle. NCIS traced charlotte to Annie and Annie mother’s Carol as the last surviving member of her family. They went to the attic to investigate how the plane could have crashed. Carol’s ghost is trying to reach out to Annie and tell her something what could it be? With the help of her boyfriend Ty Egan would she be able to find it?
I loved every page of this book. There are similar books in the Annie Tillery mystery and the mystery continues. I can’t wait to read more of these mysteries.
This was such a cute story and a first for me by this author. It is definitely a great book for younger readers to enjoy and I cannot wait to reread it to my kiddos. It was creative and well written and I loved the mystery of it. We set out on a journey to find out what happened in a WWII plane crash and all about a letter written by Charlotte who was the pilot of that plane. It was an interesting read and I am looking forward to reading more by this author in the future!
The Mystery of the Lost Avenger (Annie Tillery Mystery #4) by Linda Maria Frank is a really fun kid’s adventure story. This captivating story is a full of intrigue and is the story of an NCIS and their investigation. A plane crashed in WWII and a pilot that went missing along with her treasures and memories. I am sure that young and adults of all ages will enjoy this mystery as they try to work out what went wrong.
Reviewed by @jennadb
This book was a breath of fresh air. I remember reading the Nancy Drew mysteries growing up, and the shenanigans that Buccaneers get into remind me so much of those books. I think everyone needs a book like this in their library, whether they are young readers just starting out, or older readers who are looking for something to inspire nostalgia. If you are ready to get invested in a story with lovable characters, neat illustrations, and plenty of twists and turns, then crack open this adventurous tale!
This little book is amazing. It’s a wonderful young adult crime novel. The characters remind me of my family when we were younger. There is so much action packed into this novel you’ll want to reread it to make sure you didn’t miss anything
Loved this book! Reminded me of the Enid Blyton books I used to read as a child and am now sharing with my little miss so can definitely add this one to the reading list with her! Can’t wait to read more from this author and with these characters!
Reviewed by @sparkinside
This short YA novel is an entertaining read – a breath of fresh air in the midst of so many heavy dystopian ones. Most books written about 1940’s America seem to focus on the idyllic suburban life, but this is set on the small island of St. Frederick, off the coast of New York, as the world is still recovering from the ravages of WWII. The self-titled “Buccaneers” are a group of school-aged friends who fancy themselves being sleuths, especially as they investigate the theft of the fundraiser money intended for donation to homeless children in NYC. But it seems that there may be more going on than just stolen money, especially as increasingly frightening events occur while the child detectives continue to work their case.
The story and characters are a fun blending of Nancy Drew and the Boxcar Children. Everyone has their own unique talents and quirks, and the investigation is full of twists and red-herrings, but in the end all things work out in an easy, lighthearted way. Again, a refreshing change of pace among the heavier novels on the market lately.
THE BUCCANEERS OF St. FREDERICK ISLAND by LINDA MARIA FRANK
The Buccaneers of St. Frederick Island by Linda Maria Frank is book aimed at the younger age group but in my opinion this can be enjoyed by anyone in any age group. This is a short story that once I started reading I couldn’t stop. This is about a group of eighth graders who raised money to buy stuff for a homeless shelter in NYC, but there money goes missing so they as a group set out to find who stole there money. Then there club house burns down. Find out what happens next in this must read. This was a new to me author but I definitely can’t wait to read more from her.
As soon as I started reading this, I was sent back to my own childhood of reading the famous five books and other Enid Blyton books, and straight into all the warmth and comfort of the nostalgia those books always conjure. I think this nostalgia is why I found myself loving this book so much, it had the easy simplicity and ridiculous fun that was always present in those novels and it was what I loved so much about them.
As always there is a mystery that needs to be solved; money that should have gone on toys for those less fortunate has grown legs and wandered off and Sprocket and Co are the only ones that have enough about them to solve the mystery and get the moolah back where it belongs. Obviously, things never remain as simple as all that, and the deeper they delve into the mystery, the more dangerous it becomes for them.
Honestly, this is a great book for young children to read, with adventure and intrigue and great characters that come alive on the page, with a whole heck of a lot of moxie (word felt appropriate here for some reason). I would also recommend it to anyone that loved the famous five as a child and wants to revisit those nights reading it under the cover with a torch unless of course, that was just me then in that case I am sorry to have bothered you.
4 out of 5 stars.
The Buccaneers of St. Frederick Island by Linda Maria Frank is an adventure! A group of crime-stopping eighth graders want to get to the bottom of a mysterious occurrence at St. BeSillius’ Catholic School and will stop at nothing until the truth is revealed. Set in 1947, this story contains characters who are lively and colorful. When their friends are targeted, the Buccaneers, including the narrator Lily (code name Sprocket), become entangled with thieves who have stolen their hard-earned fundraising money. Any child will love to go along with the Buccaneers as they set things right and save the day. This book is a quick read and recommended for ages 9-18, but can be enjoyed at any age, and by anyone who appreciates a good pirate tale. I definitely recommend this book to readers.
The Buccaneers of St. Frederick Island by Linda Maria Frank is possibly best described as an American Secret Seven. Set in the late 1940s, it follows a group of young teenagers who enjoy solving mysteries and are relentless in their pursuit of the truth. It has everything you’d expect – code names, clever ways of conveying information and some pretty cool hiding places (there’s even a cave!).
There’s a lively cast of child characters, as well as supporting adults. Some of the adults are understanding of the children’s need to keep secrets and see a case through, whilst others try to stop them. I particularly liked Sibby, who lives in a shack near the Buccaneers’ original club house and looks out for them.
This is an engaging and enjoyable read. I would recommend it to children who enjoy solving mysteries and reading adventure books such as those by Enid Blyton and Arthur Ransome. For me, it’s a five-star read!
The Mystery of the Lost Avenger by Linda Maria Frank is a captivating story about a young woman in the midst of WWII and an intriguing plot to solve. This book has everything you could possibly want. It is well developed with a story that you can’t help but try and solve. I was pulled in to it immediately and had to keep reading until I knew what happened. There was a great mix of historical fiction and intrigue that I thought was really well combined.
This is still a relatively new author to me but I am enjoying the writing style in her books. They all seem to have interesting characters and strong storylines to go with them. After reading this book I will certainly be checking out more of her work.
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