Adventure Island 8 : The Mystery of the Drowning Man by Helen Moss, Roy Knipe

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Cracking adventures on the island of Castle Key are at the heart of this exciting series. Jack and his brother Scott are sure their holiday in this remote location in Cornwall will be dull. But, how wrong can they be? Jack and Scott team up with Emily and her bouncy dog Drift whose home is in a converted light house and soon find the Island is full of surprises and excitement. First there’s the mystery of why the caves have lost their whistle (in The Mystery of the Whistling Caves), then there’s the shock of a film star going missing (in The Mystery of the Midnight Ghost) and finally there a man who almost drowns on the beach (in The Mystery of the Drowning Man). Can the friends pull him from the water in time and can they find out who he is? With its crumbling cliffs, pounding seas and interesting cast of inhabitants, Castle Key turns out to be a wonderful place for a holiday.


Adventure Island 8 : The Mystery of the Drowning Man by Helen Moss, Roy Knipe

When Scott, Jack and Emily rescue a drowning man from the waves they are keen to hear his story, but their new friend can't remember his own name, let alone how he came to be stranded at sea! Who is the mystery man? Why did he come to Castle Key? And was his drowning an accident - or attempted murder? The friends are on the case - with enthusiastic assistance from Drift the dog - determined to find the truth and solve the mystery of the drowning man.


'The Famous Five meets Artemis Fowl in The Mystery of the Whistling Caves, an up to the minute adventure with postmodern Blytonian references. The children, with mandatory dog, use their cunning to find the culprit in a series of museum thefts. A retro look gives it appeal to children and adults alike.' The Bookseller

'Nostalgic adventure stories are back once more, thrillingly enjoyable!' - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

'..a great romp of a story, definitely a page turner, and would make fabulous holiday reading' - The Bookbag

'I loved this book from the start to the finish because it is extremely exciting and I couldn't put it down. It moves at a fast pace, and the plot keeps on twisting so that it is full of suspense. The children's characters were very believable.. It is also very funny particularly when the author describes Jack's thoughts. I would recommend this book to people who love adventure stories and it is one of the best books I have ever read!' -- Lily Newman, Age 10, West End Books Blog

'From the illustration on the cover to the ripping plot of children investigating a mystery involving caves in the West Country, this is most definitely in the style of Enid Blyton... A well-written, wholesome adventure' - Junior

About the Author

Helen Moss was born in 1964 and grew up in Worcestershire and Saudi Arabia. After a degree in psychology and philosophy at Oxford University, Helen went on to do PhD research at Cambridge University. She recently spent a year in Portland, Oregon, with her family, and on returning decided to switch direction and devote herself full-time to writing books for young readers. Helen lives in a small village outside Cambridge with her husband, two teenage sons, two border collies, two gerbils, several hens and a bearded dragon called Frankie.

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192 pages
Interest Age: From 9


Helen Moss, Roy Knipe
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Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

5th April 2012




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