By Mary Morgan, Illustrated by Dawn McVay Baumer
Buttonwood Press LLC, P. O. Box 716, Haslett, Michigan 48840
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake,
The Cooper Twins Uncover Clues to a Cryptic Plot by Some Shady Characters
“The Face of Mount Rushmore” is the second book in Mary Morgan’s “National Park Mystery Series.” The Cooper twins, Ben and Bekka, are excited about an uncharacteristic request from Uncle Paul to join him for a 4th of July fireworks celebration at the Rushmore National Monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Excitement is in the air as preparations are made for a family vacation of camping along their way to meet Uncle Paul. Bekka keeps the family up-to-date on what to expect as she quizzes them with important “For Your Information” (FYI) quizzes, using her tour book as a source of reference. As they near their destination plans are made plans to pan for gold at the Thunder Mountain Gold Mine; dig for dinosaurs, follow the 1874 expeditions of Colonel George Custer, to hike along the Presidential Trial, and to check out the Junior Ranger experience offered at the Rushmore National Monument.
Ben was stunned when he overheard two suspicious looking men alluding to a cryptic plot to detonate dynamite at a time when the fireworks would muffle the sound of an explosion. Tension continued to heighten as the mystery unraveled and the intrigue continued to build to a “dynamite” conclusion.
Morgan’s unique writing style, genuine characters, and love for story provide the preteen reader with elements of adventure, history, and family values, using a balance of humor, entertainment, inspiration, and informative data.
“The Face of Mount Rushmore – National Park Mystery Series” should be on the reading lists of elementary school, church, and home school family libraries. Preteen readers will enjoy each mysterious adventure in the series. Highly recommended.