I finally sat down today with Adam Stuck’s winning book, Nathan Quist and the Curious Affair of the Crescent Earrings. I didn’t put it down until it was finished. The hero of the story, Nathan Quist, takes the spotlight with ease and draws the reader into an adventure with the general feel of a Sherlock Holmes story. The humor and ingenuity in this book make for an enjoyable read, especially for the target audience of young reluctant readers.
Nathan Quist is the fourth place book for the 2007 Tweener Time Chapter Book Competition. Also published are the first three winners: Journey to the Homeland, by me, of course, Dimensions, by Estee Wells, and Of Ice and Icing, by Cassie VLK. All of these books are written by teenagers, and any one of them would make an excellent Christmas gift for a pre-teen reader (or a teenage writer, for that matter). The final two books will soon follow, completing the 2007 championship series. For more information on these championship books and other positive children’s adventures, visit: http://www.bakertrittinpress.com/e-commerce-solutions-catalog.html
FYI: One more reason to read Adam Stuck’s book: There is going to be a sequel! Nathan Quist and the Insurmountable Problem took first prize in the 2008 chapter book competition, and will be released sometime in 2009. We haven’t seen the last of Nathaniel Quist!