Her Interactive. (2010). Nancy Drew: Shadow at the water’s edge [computer game].
Follow Nancy Drew as she travels to Kyoto, Japan to teach English with her best friends George and Bess. But once they arrive, Nancy realizes that strange things are happening at her ryokan. Help Nancy try to figure out what is happening so that she can help to save the ryokan.
This mystery game introduces players to the Japanese culture and invites them along Nancy’s adventures. Users must solve puzzles, gather clues, and interrogate suspects to help solve the mystery. Some of the puzzles and tasks players must complete can be a little challenging, especially for younger players. There are also some scary scenes which many not be appropriate for players under the age of 10.
Overall, though, this is a fun game which challenges players to put on their detective caps and solve the mystery! It’s also a great tie-in with the Nancy Drew books. Based on the fact that this game kept me up into the wee hours to solve the crime, I give it a 4.5 out of 5!
Cazet, D. (2005). Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut. New York: HaperCollins.
When Minnie’s jelly donut goes missing, Moo is certain that something suspicious has happened. The only clue that they have is a blue feather, sending Minnie and Moo on a goose chase, or rather a chicken chase, to figure out who stole Minnie’s donut.
This fun, silly, and humorous book will captivate young readers learning to read. The story is engaging and entertaining, and the characters are funny and likeable. It is a great beginner book for young readers who like animals and, of course, jelly donuts.
This book gets a 4.5 out of 5!
Wilson, E. (1981). The Ghost of the Lunenberg Manor. Toronto: HarperCollins.
While on vacation in Nova Scotia, Tom and Liz Austen meet Prof. and Mrs. Zinck, owners of Lunenberg Manor, which Tom is certain is haunted. When strange events start to happen, the siblings’ relaxing vacation turns into a mysterious case for them to solve.
Eric Wilson was one of my favourite authors as a kid. I could plow through his books so quickly and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to the adventurous Tom and Liz. Wilson even visited my school once. That’s why I chose this book.
What I found out? This book didn’t measure up to my memories. Perhaps it was the book (and not representative of the entire series) or perhaps it was me. Either way, the book felt dated and unrealistic, which was a big disappointment.
I will say, though, that Wilson incorporates Canada into his books in an interesting and engaging way. It was exciting to read about places that I had heard of: Halifax, Peggy’s Cove, Oak Island, Lunenburg, the Valley, etc. And as a kid, I learned a lot about Canada, its places, and its history by reading Wilson’s books.
So while Wilson’s books had a great effect on me as a kid, I’m not sure if that’s still true for kids today. At the very least, this one (which is number 17 in the series) was a disappointment, giving it a 3 out of 5.