Written in short chapters with a plot centered around the mystery of the bad luck and missing amulet, this is a fantastic book for 2nd through 5th grade readers. [Mystery of the Golden Temple] was a sweet and bright book that includes a mysterious plot and a tale of friendship that should be shared with all young readers.
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. 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!
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.
Mystery of the Golden Temple is an adorable story that would appeal to many young readers—not just girls! Both girls and boys would enjoy reading about friendship, cultural diversity, geography, and teamwork. Children of all ages would enjoy this book. It has a high interest level. For teachers who may be interested in reading this book with their students, this would be a good read aloud for young readers and a good book for second and third grade reading groups.
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.
The Pack-n-Go Girls book series is a great addition to our reading list because they inspire girls to be adventurers. Mystery of the Golden Temple inspired LouLou to add Thailand (Chiang Mai in particular) to the list of countries she wants to travel to. Thailand is a country full of traditions and customs very different to that of the US. The book does a great job explaining all these cultural differences in a way that was easy for LouLou to understand.
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. I really appreciated the diversity-focus of the book. This is a great series to get girls interested in travel and exploring other countries. It is a great fit for the emerging reader looking to move up from young fiction or easy readers into longer middle grade fiction. I will definitely be picking up more of these for my classroom!
If you have children that crave adventure, they will love all the books of the Pack N Go Girls Series. All the books are great additions to a family holiday to any of the featured locations; Austria, Mexico or Thailand. Even if there are no travel plans, the books are full of great adventures to have at home. These should be part of Primary School Reading Lists for classes like Geography or History, even Language Arts.
In a world of Bratz, Barbies, and Princesses, this series offers girls role models that are adventurous and curious problem solvers. Filled with fascinating information about the language, traditions and food of Thailand this is much more than a mystery story. Jess is immersed in the Thai culture and embraces the opportunity to learn about Nong May's corner of the world. 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.
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