Rare Review: Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback by Michael L. Thal

I recently had the pleasure of reading an enjoyable middle grade adventure book by Michael L. Thal. It is the second book in a series, but it wasn't necessary to have read the first book to understand what was happening. That said, if you enjoy series, then Koolura is a fun character that you should probably start at the beginning with and pick up her first story, The Legend of Koolura. Here are some of my thoughts on the second book:

Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback by Michael L. Thal

Fun, well-paced adventure story that will keep young readers engaged. Koolura is a strong main character who knows her mind. She’s kind and inclusive. And the best part is that she has powers. The powers made her adventures that much more fun.

Some of the scenes ended abruptly, and I found myself having to read a second time to make sure I hadn’t missed a transition, but well-paced action and tension were fine diversions that kept me moving forward in the story.

I especially liked Koolura’s friendship with Leila, who suffers a hearing handicap. Their friendship was a fine example of how easily overlooked differences can and should be.

Recommended for middle grade readers who like a little magic in their adventure stories.

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  1. So glad you enjoyed Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback. Leila returns with Koolura in the third installment to the series, Koolura and the Mayans.

    1. Wonderful to hear there will be more. Middle grade readers love to go on multiple adventures with favorite characters!

  2. I just got the word: Koolura and the Mayans (Book 3 in the Koolura Series) won the Gold at the 2018 eLit Awards in the Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction category. http://michaelthal.com/koolura-and-the-mayans-wins-gold-at-the-elit-book-awards/


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