Shiner and King by Nolan Carlson
Publisher: Vintage Reflections Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical
Age Recommendation: 10+
Length: Full Length (204 pgs)
Rating: 4 Suns
Reviewed by Orchid
The only thing better than more adventures with Carley and Troop is sharing the fun with a German Shepherd named King—the best dog in the whole wide world, according to Carley. Hometown shenanigans abound along with a surprise or two with Luke Webster, and with Carley at his side, King shows his true colors as a hero while Shiner roams free in his new life in the wild woods along Blue River. Could a boy’s life get any better? Of course, Mick Fuller and his dog, Devil, and Toby Swanson are back, meaner than ever, and Miss Botch’s swats still hurt. Carley still seems to spend a bit more time in trouble than he’d like, but he wouldn’t trade his life in Belford for anything in the world!
School’s over and Carley, Troop and King have the whole summer ahead of them.
Now Carley has his dog, King, he’s determined to enjoy the summer. King becomes a hero when he goes for help when Carley’s Grandpa is taken ill. The dog is devoted to Carley and follows him everywhere. The two of them accept a dare to enter a creepy house with an old hermit inside, and fall foul of a man who everyone thinks is a bit mad.
Carley and Troop still manage to find trouble at every turn, plus this time Carley is beginning to get both annoyed and fascinated by Toby Swanson, a girl who wants to be a boy.
Once again the setting reminded me of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Lazy days of summer, fishing, getting into trouble, going places where no other boys dared. Bike racing, going on hikes, dust on the road – everything kids love about the summer break.
This is the third in the series and apparently there are more to come. They are delightful books to read, but aren’t suspenseful enough to make you sit on the edge of your seat. I believe this series is better for the younger reader to either read themselves or have read to them. A rainy afternoon, a roaring fire and one of these books would be perfect – that’s when I read them and they captured my imagination.
A very well written and thought out series. A pleasure to read.