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Smugglers' Mine (Something Wickedly Weird #5)
by Chris Mould
There's a new addition to the island of Crampton Rock. His name is MacDowell (yup, just one name) and he claims to have had some amazing pirate adventures with Admiral Swift, the great uncle of Stanley Buggles.Stanley is eager to know more about this MacDowell. Could this man help him uncover the secret of the Smuggler's map? Can he be trusted? Or once a pirate always a pi ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Roaring Brook Press
(first published July 1st 2008)
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Here we have book 5 in this series, which I believe is up to 6 now. Been a while since I have visited Crampton Rock and the character of Stanley Buggles. He's been through quite a lot over the time he's been there. I admit in this story I kinda figured out what was up with Mac-Dowell, a former pirate that befriends Stanley, but then why I'm saying that is for you to find out. The Darkling family is back as well, with an interesting twist by the end of this book. These are quick, fun reads that m ...more
Claiming to know orphan Stanley Buggles’ uncle, pirate MacDowell entertains Stanley with stories of the times spent pirating with Uncle Bartholomew. Stanley and his friend Daisy decide to trust MacDowell with the treasure map they have. As they search for the rest of the map they must go into the Darkling house for it. Trying not to be discovered is not easy for them and they are discovered by the youngest Darkling, Berkeley. When they discover the treasure, they find out that someone else has a ...more
I was interested to start this book to find out how the cliffhanger turned out from the ending in the last one. That was my favorite part. I was happy to see that the Darkling family was still playing a part in this story. The return of the werewolf was fun, but having said that it felt like a lot of the story was repeating itself. It seemed like very little happened and the character of the pirate MacDowell was ordinary, barely adding any flare to the adventure.
I really like this book, Smugglers' Mine. In the Darkling's house cellar there is something mysterious that Stanley and his friends are working to discover. When they figure out what is in the cellar they try to keep it from every so that their home and everyone else's doesn't go down into the ocean.
An unusual mystery book. It is very short and the background is filled in as the story continues. The characters are kind of crazy and the plot a bit unexpected. A boy who has inherited a home from an uncle teams up with a pirate to solve a puzzle of a hidden treasure. A fun, quick read.
I think this one was somehow better constructed as a story. Some very real tension was there in a number of ways. There's still the problem of a lot of scenes feeling rushed - almost like they're in summary form and need fleshing out. A fun read.
Chris Mould is the illustrator of Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party, written by Lucy Coats. Chris went to art school at the age of sixteen. During this time, he did various jobs, from delivering papers to washing-up. He has won the Nottingham Children’s Book Award and been commended for the Sheffield. He loves his work and likes to write and draw the kind of books that he would have liked to have on ...more
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