Jack Stalwart Series By Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Available through Weinstein Publishing
"Nine-year-old Jack Stalwart works for the Global Protection Force (GPF) battling evil villains and protecting the world's most precious treasures. In every book, Jack travels to a new foreign land, and tries to collect clues that will help him find his missing brother, Max.
The series has been named a 'must read' for boys by the British Education Secretary and was selected for inclusion in the Richard and Judy Children's Book Club. Recently, it was serialized by the BBC Radio 4's Big Toe Books program." From http://elizabethsingerhunt.com/content-homepage/secret-agent-jack-stalwart-series
"The Hunt for the Yeti Skull (Book 13) Jack has become the most decorated secret agent for the Global Protection Force, but during the day he’s still just an ordinary kid who has to put up with annoying people—like Marko Mayer, a new student in Jack’s rock-climbing class. When Jack and Marko race to the top of the wall, Marko stomps on Jack’s hand and wins—then has the nerve to gloat! But Jack has no time to sulk—the GPF needs him in Nepal. A plane carrying a team of scientists has gone missing over Mount Everest. They were thought to be carrying the first true Yeti skull ever recovered—proof that the legendary Abominable Snowman really existed. Jack quickly discovers that a greedy collector is behind the theft—and he may have hired Jack’s archnemesis for the job. Can Jack and his fellow agents use their climbing skills to brave the highest mountain on earth and recover the priceless skull?" Blurb From Goodreads
"The Mission to Find Max (Book 14) Jack joined the Global Protection Force for two reasons: to thwart evil around the world and to rescue his brother, Max, who went missing while working as a GPF agent. The GPF refused to share any details with Jack about Max’s whereabouts, but on two previous missions, Jack had collected clues that pointed to Max is being in Egypt. Now Jack has reason to believe that King Tut’s diadem — a crown thought to have magical powers — is the cause of Max’s disappearance. The crown was so important that King Tut was buried with it on his head, but when the boy-pharaoh’s tomb was opened in 1922, an assistant archaeologist named Omar Massri stole the artifact. Could a descendant of Massri somehow be involved in Max’s disappearance? Jack and his old friend Kate must prevent an ancient and terrible curse of the pharaohs from wreaking havoc, or else Egypt — and Jack’s brother — could be doomed." Blurb from Goodreads
I was sent these last two books in the Jack Stalwart series a couple of months ago and I have to say that they are fun books! I think if you have a young boy who does not read much - get him involved in helping Jack Stalwart find his brother Max! He will be hooked and by the end hooked on reading!
There is adventure, cool geographical locations, history, and hey, special agent missions! The books have some basic drawings which I think is a great way to get kids into chapter books, especially if they find reading a daunting prospect.
There are 14 books all available now so lets get those kids reading in 2012!
Happy New Year!!