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The Mystery of the Martello Tower

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Hazel and Ned are home for summer vacation and looking forward to long, lazy days of sleeping late, shooting hoops, building stink bombs, and spending time with their art-dealer father. But when he disappears without saying good-bye, their summer plunges into chaos. The babysitter leaves town, their apartment is burgled, and two menacing thugs start turning up everywhere. ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 13th 2008 by HarperCollins (first published February 20th 2007)
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Pat
Jan 15, 2009 Pat rated it it was amazing
In their attempts to solve the mystery of their father's disappearance, Hazel and her brother, Ned, find themselves involved with a trio of art thieves and uncover some disturbing family secrets.
Tasha
Aug 01, 2009 Tasha rated it really liked it
Hazel and Ned are in for the summer of their lives. Just days after their return from boarding school their father disappears without a trace. If that wasn't enough to send the kids into a fury they soon find out that two people in particular, Richard C. Plevit and Clive Pritchard, have been harassing their good-friend and babysitter Frankie. When Frankie is asked to go to New York she knows she can't refuse because if she does she will surely lose her job. Hours after Frankie leaves Hazel and N ...more
Elena
Apr 24, 2008 Elena rated it it was amazing

The "Mystery of the Martello Tower" tells of a sister and brother who embark on an odyssey rich in discovery and mischief. There are layers of mystery which young Hazel and Ned must uncover, from an international art theft scandal to the enigmas of their own past. I was reminded a little of old fairy tales, such as Hansel and Gretel, in which children would find themselves in a desperate situation but escape through their wits and ingenuity. Hazel and Ned leave the big city, where they are being
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Grace
Jun 24, 2016 Grace rated it it was amazing
Very fun read!!! I first read when I was about 12 or 13 and thoroughly enjoyed it.........now my little sister and brother are also hooked!! They love this book as much as I do and as a gift I got them the next book of this series titled "The Legend of the Lost Jewels".....another wild hit!!!
Terry
Big Kid Reaction: From the outset, the reader is immediately and convincingly caught up in this story. The pace is quick. The characters are believable and the adventures are unique. The author of this book has provided a recipe for an extraordinary and enjoyable read.

Pros: Readers are immediately engrossed in this fast-paced story that matches Nancy Drew mysteries in quality.

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Tracie
Jun 12, 2008 Tracie rated it really liked it
Hazel and Ned love their father but there's no denying he isn't the most communicative guy around - especially about important personal info - what their mother was like, why don't they have any other family? When he leaves in hurry (saying good-bye only through Frankie, their sitter) and weird things start to happen like men threatening Frankie, the kids find themselves in the middle of a dangerous mystery that might lead them to more answers than they bargained for.
B
Nov 02, 2011 B rated it really liked it
Hazel's father, an art dealer, has gone missing and it has to do with Interpol.
Another mystery- Hazel and her brother did not know they had living relatives so why was their dad sent an email about a family reunion.
A valuable painting is stolen, their apartment is ransacked and two menacing characters seem to appear wherever they go.
With the help of their newly found cousins they solve the mystery.
Miranda Holbrook
Not a complicated book, very easy to follow, but a fun read. It had interesting aspects, mainly the mysterious riches of the main characters father, the flighty artist next door, and the amazing castle they go and visit.
Amy Brown
Aug 18, 2008 Amy Brown rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4th-6thgrade, mystery
Hazel and Ned work together to solve a mystery that involves their missing father, relatives that they didn't know about, a mysterious artist, two bad guys and break-ins to their apartment.
Jane
Jul 20, 2008 Jane rated it it was amazing
The importance of friendship and family. You could never do without your friends or family. In the midst of danger, it`s always good to have people you trust around. ...more
Christine
Mar 29, 2012 Christine rated it liked it
Growing up I loved everything Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon. This book reminded me of these fun mysteries.
Jennifer
Dec 12, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
yes, it's pretty darn bold to give your own book five stars! (but wouldn't it be strange if i didn't?)
Lioness
Aug 04, 2008 Lioness rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
A very good first novel for kids. Fast moving, exciting with just a hint of fantasy.
Colleen
Sep 14, 2008 Colleen rated it it was amazing
A very good mystery. After every chapter you want to read more.
Sam Bloom
This one was a real page-turner; a very well-done debut.
Heather
A bit of a stretch at points, but a fun story.
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Jan 31, 2013 PWRL marked it as to-read
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