The Highland Falcon Thief
Adventures on Trains
M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman, with illustrations by Elisa Paganelli
The Highland Falcon Thief appears to be hiding in plain sight! However, Hal (Harrison) Beck and his stowaway friend detail every clue they can find. It seems as though they’re determined it’s something to do with the baron’s son. Thereafter there are secret notes discovered that seem to implicate him further, along with an accomplice!
Although Harrison is reluctant to join his rail buff, travel reporting uncle aboard the Highland Falcon’s final journey, it’s not long before his apprehensions disappear. It could be the discovery of the stowaway friend. It’s also likely that the jewellery theft aboard and the royal passengers allay Hal’s fears. For this is no ordinary journey, just as these are no ordinary travel companions! From aristocracy to movie stars, get-rich- quick sleazy businessman to five husky dogs, there’s mayhem and attitude galore!
M. G. Leonard states that her incentive to begin Adventures on Trains was discovering an absence of chapter books about trains for children that included realistic journeys.Thereafter her research led her to collaborating with Sam Sedgman, a rail buff, friend. We’re aware of Ms Leonard’s powers of research from her Beetle Boy series which inspired a new, different wave of beetle-mania.
The Highland Falcon Thief held my interest through one, extended reading session. While I love the mystery, the inclusion of routes and rail details had me enthralled. What a fabulous addition to our Bookwagon chapter book selection! Welcome aboard!
Winner of the Books are My Bag readers’ award.