book info

Title/Author: The White Arrow Assassin
by Tim Flanagan, Illustrated by Dylan Gibson
Genre: Children’s Mystery
Publisher: NDS Media
Date of publish: December 2016
Pages: 60

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Synopsis
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Pinkley’s curiosity throws him onto a trail of cunning puzzles. Can he solve them before the White Arrow Assassin strikes?

Also contains FREE activities and puzzles. Successfully complete them to graduate from the Pinkley Academy.

Visit http://www.pinkleyacademy.com to check your answers to the puzzles, win prizes, download images, solve the Pinkley Challenge, learn new detective skills and more…

Others
“There is an old-school charm to this novel, with a touch of witty-humor (at times “bathroom-humor”) that makes for a great read for middle-schoolers. And of course it does not hurt that the illustrations are their own little masterpieces…” (Elsa Takaoka, picturestoryebook.com)

“Even the most reluctant reader will find something in this book that will get them wanting to read. It has mystery, humor, and it’s paced perfectly so there aren’t any parts that drag. ” (Maria Foley, Book Junkies)

My Review

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Beautiful illustrations and a descriptive turn of phrase will put middle grade junior detectives right in the action. Lawrence Pinkley makes for a fun protagonist to lead the way through puzzles that will keep even the most reluctant of readers engaged. My wish would be for it to be a bit longer as the adventure flies by way too fast. I am looking forward to the promised adventures of Lawrence Pinkely.

Though available as a e book, the paperback version of this book is my recommendation for the fun activities in the back pages with a website tie-in.

http://www.pinkleyacademy.com is vibrant, kid-friendly website with fun activity pages and puzzles from with the Lawrence Pinkley books and also a printable detective certificate.

4 stars

excerpt

Allow me to introduce myself – my name is Lawrence Pinkley, I’m a private detective. There aren’t many eighteen year old detectives in Whitby, in fact, I’m the only one, but not by choice. I found myself pulled to the cold north east of England following the death of my father, when I unwillingly inherited the Pinkley Investigation Group, or PIG for short..

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About Tim Flanagan:
Tim FlanaganAt some point in Tim’s childhood, he was abducted by aliens and sent on a voyage of knowledge and discovery across the universe. Eventually the aliens realised how pointless this was and, as a failed student, he was returned to Earth and left with a family who brought him up as a human bean. But, the persistent memories of new worlds, dragons and other creatures, continued to knock at his frontal lobe, desperately trying to break out. To avoid making a mess and calm his imagination, Tim began writing as a way to communicate with Earthlings.
Tim’s galactic mission is to translate his brain activity into a language that inspires and entertains you, transports you to different worlds and grants you an audience with the characters you have dreamt about, but never dared to remember. All of this in an attempt to redeem himself with his childhood alien abductors and travel the stars once more.
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About Dylan Gibson:
Dylan GibsonIn the early days of Nursery School Dylan drew a picture of a chicken; his Mother thought it was so good that she put it on the wall to be admired by all.  This simple picture was to be kept safe for years to come.  It was this symbolic act of a proud parent that his young impressionable mind took notice of, realizing that he had a talent, and that his drawing made people happy, he kept on doing it.
In-between going out to play and building model planes he practiced his drawings and got better and better.  In school teachers urged him to share his artwork with other classes, and when he did something particularly impressive he even got to visit the older classes with it!
Years of practice turned a hobby into a job, and after gaining a degree in Visual Communication Dylan started his illustration company.  Inspired by the world around him, Dylan has illustrated dozens of books, comics, and games and worked in advertising.
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