Friday, August 10, 2012

Review: The Jinson Twins, Science Detectives by Steven L. Zeichner

Review: The Jinson Twins, Science Detectives by Steven L. Zeichner

IN A GLANCE: Cute but a little disappointed with this book.

Title: the Jinson Twins Science Detectives and The Mystery at Echo Lake
Author: Steven L. Zeichner
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Paperback (given to me by author for honest review)
Pages: 194 pages
ISBN #: 1463700806
Buy This: Amazon

The Jinson twins, Joe and Debbie, decide to start a business during their summer vacation, hiring themselves out to do odd jobs. They find themselves in an odder job than they counted on when Mrs. Gray, who lives with her talkative parrot, the Captain, in an old house down off River Road, engages them to help clean out her basement. Aided by their friend, Mr. Benjamin, the proprietor of the Resource Recovery and Recycling Center (a.k.a. the junkyard), the twins use the clues that Mrs. Gray’s late husband, a former sea captain, left behind to figure out, using scientific principles, where the captain hid his enormous collection of antique Spanish gold coins. But some other people know about the treasure too and have no intention of letting an old lady who spends most of her time with a parrot, an old man who runs a junkyard, and a couple of kids get the treasure.


This is definatly a middle grade book, I must say that before I post the rest of my review.  But seeing as I already knew that before I read the book I was fine with it. 

The Jinson Twins is definatly a cute story filled with great science information, but I feel it was really lacking in the plot section of the story.  Some details didn't come together in the end either and that was a bit aggravating to me.  If you are going to write this type of story the small details have to join up or it wont sound right.  

I kept going and reading and I will say its a good story, lacking in some great editing though and the writing style need a little work, but that comes with time.  All in all its a cute and fast read with some good characters in it. 


Plot: 16/20
Characters: 17/20
Creativity: 16/20
Writing: 16/20
Ending: 7/10
Cover: 5/10

79 out of 100 = 2 1/2 Puppy Rating

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