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Mystery of the Golden Temple (Thailand 1)


by Lisa Travis

Welcome to Thailand!
Nong May and her family have had a lot of bad luck lately. When nine-year-old Jess arrives in Thailand and accidentally breaks a special family treasure, it seems to only get worse. It turns out the treasure holds a secret that could change things forever!


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Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Grade Level: 1 – 3
Lexile Measure: 560
F&P Text Level: O
Series: Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures – Thailand 1
Paperback: 118 pages
Published: June 17, 2014
ISBN: 978-1936376094
Paperback, 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
Hardcover, 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
Kindle and ePub formats available
Quiz: Available on request
Awards: 2014 and 2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner – Best Chapter Book Series, 2017 Literary Classics Gold Award Winner – Best Series Young Reader


About Pack-n-Go Girls
Designed by girls for girls who love to play and travel, Pack-n-Go Girls engages the imagination of children ages 6-9 by introducing them to different countries around the world. Pack-n-Go Girls early chapter book adventures are packed with spooky mysteries, international friendships, and lots of fun and easy multicultural learning. Check out the Pack-n-Go Girls website for more learning fun and FREE learning activities:


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Reviews (6)

6 reviews for Mystery of the Golden Temple (Thailand 1)

  1. Pack-n-Go-Girls

    A story for young girls everywhere that will inspire them to be thoughtful, independent, open minded, and intelligent girls just like Jess and Nong May. In the back is a bonus travel section about Thailand. It offers future travelers basic facts about the country, what to expect when you are there, simple words and phrases, and pages for note taking. Whether you know a girl headed for Thailand or simply one dreaming of adventures and mysteries, this is a great book for her. – Bambini Travel

  2. Pack-n-Go-Girls

    This was a delightful book and a quick read. At right around 100 pages and 10 chapters, it is a great fit for the emerging reader looking to move up from young fiction or easy readers into longer middle grade fiction. There’s an illustration in every chapter to help with comprehension too. I really appreciated the diversity-focus of the book. The story does a great job of including culturally-specific details about Thailand and the Thais language in a way that is engaging and relevant to the story. There is a pronunciation guide and glossary in the back, and the character often provide pronunciation tips to each other in context as well. This is a great series to get girls interested in travel and exploring other countries. I will definitely be picking up more of these for my classroom! – The Logonauts

  3. Pack-n-Go-Girls

    If you have children that crave adventure, they will love all the books of the Pack N Go Girls Series. These should be part of Primary School Reading Lists for classes like Geography or History, even Language Arts. – Crazy Little Family Adventure

  4. Pack-n-Go-Girls

    There are so many lessons about traveling as well as about the Thai culture built into the story. Readers do not even realize the book is educational though as it is just fun and when finishing a chapter the reader wants to read the next one. I was begged many a night for another chapter and I must admit I found it hard to say no most nights. – Crafty Moms Share

  5. Pack-n-Go-Girls

    An enjoyable book. The main character is a girl, Nong May, and she uses some of her Thai language throughout the book which is really cool to see and read. She and her American friend, Jess, solve a mystery about a special family treasure. Lots of action, lots of fun through the book. The writing is simple; but that allows the eagerness and determination of the girls to be the focal point in solving the mystery. Lisa Travis wrote her girls as strong, active, spunky, and tenacious. I would definitely recommend this book and series to girls. – Brenna M’s Book Blog

  6. Pack-n-Go-Girls

    Mystery of the Golden Temple is a part of the Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure Series, it embraces the idea of the “global girl” and the power of celebrating differences. While reading and researching the Pack-n-Go Girls series, I am reminded of Nancy Drew, the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, and The Babysitters Club books wrapped into one. There is a sense of empowerment when girls are getting the job done! I am one of those girls that felt empowered when I read books similar to this one and the ones listed. Mystery of the Golden Temple starts with Jess Johnson and her family at the airport. Unsure of the new venture, Jess is about to experience an exciting feat in a place called Thailand. Jess makes an everlasting friendship and learns so many new things. While reading this book, I discovered that Thailand is shaped like an elephant’s head and the elephant plays an important role in their history. I also learned about food from Thailand and popular dishes (check out the recipe in the book matter). I enjoyed reading the preview of Jess and Nong May’s next adventure after finishing Mystery of the Golden Temple. I am really anticipating the next journey from these two fun and smart girls! Thank you, Janelle Diller, Lisa Travis, and illustrator Adam Turner for helping young readers understand that culture and learning about different places is important and cool! – Miss T’s Book Room

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