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Review | The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings

The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings

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Twelve year old twins Josh and Hannah travel from the USA to visit their Uncle Olaf in Norway. Olaf runs the Museum of Norse Antiquities in Oslo, and the museum’s greatest treasure-the Viking chieftain Leif Erikson’s fabled Sunstone-is stolen. Hot on the trail of the suspected thief, the twins ride on a dizzyingly high train through the Scandes Mountains to Norway’s largest fjord, a deep waterway which connects directly to the North Sea. While spying on the suspect’s suspicious behavior, the twins are suddenly kidnapped on the train! They elude their captors by breaking free, sneaking across the top of the train as it chugs through a tunnel, and tricking the kidnappers. Then they learn the thief’s true motivation: to use the Sunstone to interpret the coded Undredal Runes so as to re-create the Viking super-warriors known as Berserkers. Can the twins defeat the plot, return the stolen treasure, and save the world from the secret of Viking Berserkers which has been concealed for a thousand years?

Hott Review:

The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings is a great book that I’m sure many reluctant readers are going to love.

This enthralling adventure even had my older teens interested. They were trying to take the book as I read!

The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings has many great qualities but the two I believe are most important are the history and the vocabulary. This fourth Kare Kids Adventure intermingles the historic figures of the Berserkers and Leif Erikson with a contemporary story and it introduces many places and words that most middle graders probably haven’t come across.

I have to say, there were some heart-stopping moments as I read The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings. Thinking of any twelve-year-olds having this adventure was just too much! Now, from the perspective of one of those middle-grade readers.


Author: Charles A Salter
Source: PR by the Book
Publisher & Date: September 21st 2016 by Outskirts Press
Genre: Children’s / Middle-Grade Adventure
ISBN: 1478778423 (ISBN13: 9781478778424)
Pages: 97
Grade: B+
Ages: 8-15
Steam: Nada
Setting: Norway
Series: Kare Kids Adventures #4

Author Bio:

Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Charles A. Salter, Ph.D., S.D. served 28 years in the U.S. Army after seven and a half years as an assistant professor and then tenured associate professor at Spring Hill College. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (1973) and a Doctor of Science in public health from Harvard University (1989). He was licensed as a psychologist by the state of Massachusetts, as a nutritionist by the state of Maryland, and was a charter member of the Prescribing Psychologists Register.

Salter has written on family matters for the newspaper syndicate Scripps-Howard, Today’s Family, Life and Health, Woman’s World and more. He is the author of sixteen books, most recently the adult fiction series “The Ebay Detective.” The Kare Kids Adventures series are his first books in middle-grade fiction.

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