The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings (The Kare Kids Adventures – 4)
by Charles A. Salter
Twelve year old twins Josh and Hannah travel from the USA to visit their Uncle Olaf in Norway. Olaf runs the Museum of Norse Antiquities in Oslo, and the museum’s greatest treasure-the Viking chieftain Leif Erikson’s fabled Sunstone-is stolen. Hot on the trail of the suspected thief, the twins ride on a dizzyingly high train through the Scandes Mountains to Norway’s largest fjord, a deep waterway which connects directly to the North Sea. While spying on the suspect’s suspicious behavior, the twins are suddenly kidnapped on the train! They elude their captors by breaking free, sneaking across the top of the train as it chugs through a tunnel, and tricking the kidnappers. Then they learn the thief’s true motivation: to use the Sunstone to interpret the coded Undredal Runes so as to re-create the Viking super-warriors known as Berserkers. Can the twins defeat the plot, return the stolen treasure, and save the world from the secret of Viking Berserkers which has been concealed for a thousand years?
Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Charles A. Salter, Ph.D., S.D. served 28 years in the U.S. Army after seven and a half years as an assistant professor and then tenured associate professor at Spring Hill College. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (1973) and a Doctor of Science in public health from Harvard University (1989). He was licensed as a psychologist by the state of Massachusetts, as a nutritionist by the state of Maryland, and was a charter member of the Prescribing Psychologists Register.
He has written on family matters for the newspaper syndicate Scripps-Howard, Today’s Family, Life and Health, Woman’s World and more. He is the author of sixteen books, most recently the adult fiction series The Ebay Detective. The Kare Kids Adventures series are his first books in middle grade fiction. Charles currently resides in Maryland.
Twins Josh and Hannah are on a train in Norway. They had the opportunity to visit their Uncles museum and learned of the theft of the Leif Erikson’s Sunstone. It seems someone has stolen the sunstone to try and interpret the Undredal Runes to find the secret of the Berserkers. They are following this big, creepy guy when they are surprised and knocked out. They manage to escape and find themselves in Aurlandsfjord where it seems the giant has kidnapped a couple of people and plans on unlocking the secret to the Berserkers.
I love the Kare Kids Adventures series. The best part is how each is a standalone book yet as you start to read this book it talks about how they are all connected. This time the kids are hot on the trail of a museum thief. Things get tense but the kids save the day with a little help.
This is a great chapter book for kids and parents alike. I really like how you learn new things. I’m sorry to say that I have never heard of sunstones before. It was something new even for me. If you are looking for a great series for both girls and boys, look no further. The Kare Kids Adventures are wonderful and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
I received The Travel Twins and the Lost Secret of the Vikings from PR by the Book for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.