Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar
This is a great MG book that any kid would love. It even has a cute dog. Cora is smart and entertaining. I loved her creative use of social networking. And we don't even have to wait for the ...more
Do you remember the days when you would gather your friends up in main club house in the neighborhood, start handing out paper bags, notebooks, pencils magnifying glasses and give everyone the 411 on Mrs. Salendeski's missing cat? No? Seriously? You never had a great mystery you had to solve? I think I feel sorry for you! If you...more
Really, I can justify this.
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One last thing before we begin.
WARNING , this review becomes an 'essay' on the influence of young adult fiction on the future, and where young adults will lead us in a ever-shrinking earth. Cora Flash is the future.
This review is also a bit of it's own ...more
Cora: What did you think of the setting of Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar?
I loved it. I think it worked great for this novel. Train travel is just not used like it use to be so it is a novelty and really added something to the b ...more
Cora flash is a middlegrade book about a curious little snipe name Cora who finds herself in a big adventure, and a whole lot of trouble, on her very first solo train ride to see her Uncle. A diamond has been stolen and only a handful of people in the dining car are suspects. All seem friendly, all seem incapable of such a dastardly dead! It's up to the Inspector, and of course Cora who has an unassuming presence and thus a useful perspective, to discover the truth behind the mis ...more
Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar engages, entertains, and connects, but Tommy Davey carefully avoids condescending to his audience. He manages to address concerns of parents but still provides the sense of adventure kids are looking for. The mystery intrigues, the clues skillfully placed, the villain probably unexpected for a child, and the caper inventive and well-executed. He accomplishes all this, and a bit of pe ...more
True to my younger self, I had a blast reading about the latest young girl sleuth to burst onto the scene: Tommy Davey’s very own Cora Flash.
Let’s begin by ...more
I was pleased to find that Cora Flash is a great fit for it's target audience.
The language is appropriate and civil. There isn't a parent (or pseudo-parent in my case) out there that needs their child learning more curse words and derogatory terms. They reach a certain age when it s ...more
Cora, is an eleven year old on a train ride to visit her uncle at Topaz Mountain. During the trip a priceless diamond is stolen. The culprit is someone that is hard to figure out until the end.
After read ...more
To that end, I’d like to review the character herself to show you just how awesome this book series is…
Cora Flash is awesome, because:
1. At just 11 years old, she’s already a world-class detective
2. From ice cream cones to root beer floats to a giant bag of candy, the girl’s got a sweet tooth
3. She sees the good in everyone but ...more
The book is full of fun characters and even a dog. Even the venue of the book will entice kids because I would doubt that most of this generation have ...more
Using the old train heist mystery as the setting, Davies sets up a fun mystery that’ll keep the rea ...more
I think it’s an adorable mystery that many – boys and girls of all ages – will find intriguing and fun. I love the characters and the plot. I especially loved how Cora walked us through the train. Her experiences and descriptions are spellbinding plus she gives us a great setting for the mystery to come and details the many different aspects of riding a train that most will never experience. The plot was terrific, even though I suspecte ...more
While on her first train trip by herself to visit her Uncle Andre, Cora meets a cast of characters, and a cute little dog by the name of Calvin, that band together to solve the mystery of the stolen Diamond of Madagascar.
This book was such a delight to read an reminded me so much of the books that I read when I was ...more
This was a fun, straightforward read for kids 8+. It reads very much like vintage kids' mystery, with a modern kick, even including her little dog sidekick, Calvin (tiny, but smarter than he seems for a dog).
I look forward to reading about the rest of her clever, mock-Agatha Christie adventures.
The characters draw you in from the first paragraph. Once you think you solved the puzzle, think again! I couldn't put it down til I read the preview of the next book so be prepared to get caught up in the story line. Well written and wittily told.