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Item - The Mystery of the Turkish Tattoo


Series: Find Your Fate - Random House — no. 6
Author: Estes, Rose
Illustrators: Adragna, Robert (cover)
Gowing, Toby (interior)
Date: 1986
User Summary: Simon and Thea Rhodes, the two children of an archaeologist, are visiting Turkey for the summer because their father has to authenticate some artifacts found on a sunken ship. Soon, they discover strange things happening at the archaeological site... and decide to investigate.
stonemason's Thoughts: This is a good book, although it has its flaws. On the positive side, it is internally consistent, has lots of action, and is well-written. It's written in the third person, so you have to control what Simon and Thea do rather than participating in the mystery yourself. I didn't find that to be too much of a problem, though, but others might think differently. Also, there are only two successful endings (one is more informative than the other), and the paths to reach them are somewhat arbitrary. This makes the book more challenging, but this might not necessarily be a good thing. Finally, the author uses the word "damn" on page 6 -- I was a bit surprised, considering this is a children's book!

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