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Island Danger
MuseItUp Publishing, 2012
Ages 10-13

When fourteen-year-old soccer star Todd arrives in Hawaii, he hears that radical, militant Hawaiian activists have hidden weapons in a nearby park to use for their rebellion against the U.S. government to gain Hawaiian independence. Even though he's warned that people are raising marijuana or "pakalolo" in the canyon, guarding their crops with rifles, pit bulls, and explosives, Todd plans to find the weapons, hoping he can finally earn his family's respect. What will Todd discover in the ravine that will force him to rethink everything he's believed?


"Sorenson has peppered her characters’ dialogue with a liberal use of pidgin – a sort of local slang dialect – giving the book an authentic Hawaiian feel. Adding to its authenticity is a very astute description of how native Hawaiians feel about their island home and the spirit of aloha.

At an easy to read 81 pages of actual text, this book makes a great summer reading choice for middle graders. My own 5th grader has been enticed by the danger and intrigue the story-line promises and is excited to start it as soon as he finishes his current book.

As a parent, I appreciate that this book offers young readers that edgy danger factor, without also including the bad language and poor role models that often inhabit tween literature."

"This book is a great contemporary read with lots of suspense, some mystery and dangerous situations that keep the story moving along. Although it is considered a boy book, this is one I could easily recommend/booktalk for girls, especially ones who like mystery and adventure. And let me tell you—you feel like you are in Hawaii. The author knows her setting and people inside out and backwards."

"... a fast-paced and thrilling adventure, and would be particularly appealing to that hard-to-reach middle grade demographic that likes sports, surfing, and danger."

"... Sorenson does a good job of taking a somewhat unlikable main character at the book’s beginning and through his experiences, show growth and a change to his initial prejudices of people and situations. There are also good lessons in the story on the importance of teamwork and not judging people based on looks or preliminary perceptions.

All in all, for the price of the book and the adventure/danger plot, I could see this being a fun and exciting read for tween age boys, so long as they understand that Uncle Tom’s perceptions of local people are more or less the wrong ones and that they seriously should not go out and seek to stop dangerous criminal behavior—whether real or imagined."

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MuseItUp Publishing

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Kimo and the Secret Waves
Perfection Learning, 1996
ISBN 978-0780755192
Ages 7-14

During his summer in Hawaii, Kimo repeatedly visits a secret and forbidden beach, ignoring several frightening warning signs. Who is threatening him and why?

Endorsed by the Hawaii State Library. In legal and social compliance with the State of CA Dept of Education.

Surf's Up!

Kimo and the Secret Waves
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Who Stole the Bases?
Perfection Learning, 1996
ISBN 978-0780755277 (library binding)
978-0-7891-0225-6 (paperback)
Ages 7-14

When the Little League Dodgers baseball team discovers that their bases are missing, some of the team members suspect their arch-rival team, the Pirates. How can they find the culprits and get revenge?

In legal and social compliance with the State of CA Dept of Education.

Time Trap
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