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Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Originally published as Secret of the Three Treasures.

If there’s lost treasure to be found, she’s the one to find it. Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer—at your service.

Moving with the stealth of a great cat of the African plains, Tiernay West can track a bicycle over dry pavement and infiltrate secret organizations far beyond bedtime. She has little use for playing b
ebook, 86 pages
Published October 27th 2013 by Cholla Bear Press (first published April 1st 2006)
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Sherwood Smith
Oct 29, 2013 Sherwood Smith added it
Recommends it for: age 9 and up
Shelves: fiction
I test-drove this title and the previous--The Secret of the Three Treasures, a killingly bland title imposed by the publisher--on several classes of fourth and fifth graders, and in both cases, every single hand shot sky high when I gave them the author's preferred title: Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer. (About the first choice, one boy muttered, "It better be real treasures, and not some book about three things you have to learn." When I later read the book to the class, they discovered q ...more
Francesca Forrest
Jan 20, 2014 Francesca Forrest rated it it was amazing
Tiernay Markowitz, a.k.a. Tierney West, isn’t about to let being in elementary school stop her from emulating T. J. Redstone, the adventurer heroine of her dad’s novels. Dragged along to dinner with her mother, her mother’s boyfriend, and the boyfriend’s son Kevin (who’s in Tiernay’s grade), she happens to overhear the couple at the next table talking about the possibility of Revolutionary War gold in Tiernay’s small Connecticut town—and the game is afoot.

Tiernay is a funny, resourceful, likeab
Nov 04, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a completely charming middle grade story about a girl who wants to be a professional adventurer. Tiernay West is a wonderfully eccentric character who will win your heart and stick in your memory. I can't help but hope that Janni will share more of Tiernay's adventures someday.
Ian Wood
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I rated this novel a worthy read!

(very mild spoilers)

This review will be shorter than my usual ones because this is a very short novel, and it's new, so I don't want to give out too many spoilers here. Let's talk about the importance of names an
Tiernay West is a fun character. She stands up to bullies, introduces herself as a "professional adventurer," and doesn't care what other people think. She's not perfect, which is great--sometimes she gets in trouble for her adventures, her methods for dealing with bullies are not always the best, and she still sometimes feels left out, even if she tells herself she doesn't care what the other kids think.

Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer is a short middle-grade read. (On my e-reader, it cloc
Apr 29, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
I read this to my eight year old daughter, an immensely enjoyable experience because of the high quality of the writing. The style lends itself perfectly to being read aloud, so I can imagine that this would work well as a class novel. The plot becomes progressively more engaging: at the start its suburban setting and formulaic Secret-Seven style mystery are a little lacklustre but from the point where the protagonists are trapped by genuine criminals, it becomes unputdownable.

Characterisation i
Jan 18, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simner has created a lovably quirky character in Tiernay West. Her father, now divorced from her mother, travels the world gathering information for his adventure novels, and Tiernay identifies strongly with the female protagonist in those books. She is determined to be an adventurer, even though she's still in elementary school. She gains a reluctant ally in Kevin, the son of her mother's boyfriend, and the two research an old Revolutionary War legend of treasure. Her discoveries lead her and ...more
Nov 07, 2013 Janni added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Originally published as Secret of the Three Treasures, this new ebook edition has a new title--Tiernay West, Professional Adventurer--and a new look!
Jun 24, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
Read this for SRC, but it's adorable. Read the whole thing cover to cover in one sitting and was smiling the whole time.
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