Mayne Island Skeletons

Rated 4.67/5 based on 5 reviews
Mayne Island Skeletons is the 3rd in the Magda Mystery Series by Amber Harvey about Magda, the pre-teen sleuth and her pal Brent. Two mysteries must be solved: an ancient haunted house mystery, and the topical issue of proving that Brent is innocent of theft.
Mayne Island Skeletons is a readable story for pre-teens and families; Magda is a memorable heroine children can relate to. More
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About Amber Harvey

I’ve always been a scribbler. One hot prairie summer I filled my fountain pen with red ink, grabbed an empty notebook, and wrote the adventures of Emily. She was 11, like me. Four decades later, I studied with Julie Lawson, who encouraged me to write a novel. I started but never finished it.
In 2005 I moved to Mayne. I published Magda’s Mayne Island Mystery in 2007. Mayne Island Aliens followed two years later. Mayne Island Skeletons came out in 2011. Self-publishing means you can read my books now. I’ll go on managing my own books about Magda and her pal Brent who ruin nefarious schemes and solve impenetrable mysteries on Mayne Island. You can read my published articles, short stories and poems at www.authorsden.com/amberharvey or at my website, www.treewithroots.ca

Reviews

Review by: Crystal Favel on Oct. 12, 2013 :
It is clear that Amber Harvey is inspired by her grandchildren, and in turn her grandchildren will be inspired by her youthful mystery book “Mayne Island – Skeletons.” If anyone could capture a sliver of time, it would be Amber; as she looks past the confines of adulthood and encapsulates the spirit of our youth.

When I started reading her book I was instantly brought back to my “Nancy Drew” days. Who wasn’t up for a mystery to solve during the afternoon readings in primary school? Well, if you still crave an afternoon of mystery and adventure, then you won’t be disappointed when you meet "Magda" – a spirited girl with a thirst for justice.

In the book “Mayne Island – Skeletons, the author gave "Magda" very relatable qualities that every girl could emulate, especially if you love cheese sandwiches. Her tomboy characteristics also gave her liberties to speak from the heart without reprisal, at least most of the time. She represented the truth, the heart and the voice of young people through layers of self-discovery plots throughout the story.

My favourite quality of "Magda" was her commitment to redeem her best friend’s reputation in the eyes of the adults and the police of Mayne Island. In my opinion, the story arc was based on loyalty, so much that every character had to re-evaluate their own loyalties to the truth, to their friends, to their family and especially to the Indigenous Peoples’ of the West Coast.

Amber highlights the importance of repatriating First Nations Traditional Artifacts to their rightful owner. Unfortunately, there has been a pillage of our sacred arts; therefore basing an entire mystery on missing traditional vessels and masks was very clever and culturally relevant to hot current Native issues we still face today.

I believe Amber to be a talented and inspiring author. Her smile and genuine nature made it very easy to get to know her professional and personal side. With many accolades to her name, she is still embracing new writing trends that will influence her future published work.

In the end, Amber Harvey will not only leave behind a legacy of engaging mystery stories for the young at heart; but she will also have commemorated her unconditional love for her grandchildren. As a result, this book will go down in history as an artifact for her family to treasure forever.

Crystal Favel – The Digital Storyteller
“Proud member of the Métis/Cree/Irish nation,
born in North Vancouver and currently residing in
Vancouver, BC.
www.cedarwomanproductions.com
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(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sierra Cline on June 25, 2013 :
Amber Harvey's latest book is a gripping mystery that is perfect for the 9 to 12 age range, and even as an adult I was able to get into her descriptive writing style and the paranormal tale she has spun for all's enjoyment.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Leanne Dyck on Nov. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
Mayne Island Skeletons is not only a fun read for children 9 to 12 years of age but it also teaches many valuable lessons--such as how to be a good friend.

Mary Magdalene Sommers' mother is attentive and reliable; whereas, Brent Green is the son of a neglectful parent. Despite these differences Magda values Brent's friendship. She continues to believe in his good character even in the face of negative public opinion. In fact, she works tirelessly to prove his innocence and to secure his safety.

Through Magda's example children are empowered to solve their own mysteries and resolve their own problems.

Thank you Amber Harvey for this uplifting read.

Submitted by: Leanne Dyck
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Leanne Dyck on Nov. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
Mayne Island Skeletons is not only a fun read for children 9 to 12 years of age but it also teaches many valuable lessons—such as how to be a good friend.

Mary Magdalene Sommers’ mother is attentive and reliable; whereas, Brent Green is the son of a neglectful parent. Despite these differences Magda values Brent’s friendship. She continues to believe in his good character even in the face of negative public opinion. In fact, she works tirelessly to prove his innocence and to secure his safety.

Through Magda’s example children are empowered to solve their own mysteries and resolve their own problems.

Thank you Amber Harvey for this uplifting read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lael Whitehead on Oct. 02, 2011 :
Amber Harvey’s latest book for children, Mayne Island Skeletons, is a gripping tale that will have the whole family on the edge of their seats. It has all the ingredients of high adventure - ghost sightings, criminals, run-aways and unsolved murders from long ago - all of which keep us turning the pages. But Mayne Island Skeletons is also a story about the importance of friendship. The tale’s young heroine stands by her friend even when others believe him to be guilty. In the end her kindness, loyalty and courage save the day.

The story takes place on peaceful, rural Mayne Island, home to little more than a thousand residents. Magda, a plucky, adventurous preteen, has a summer job on a local farm, but in her spare time she is an eager sleuth. One of her closest friends is a boy named Brent, whose troubled mother is increasingly unable to care for him. Together the two children have discovered an abandoned old house with a mysterious past. Is the house haunted by the ghosts of a family murdered long ago?

Magda, Brent and their friends have fun teasing some of their younger neighbours with tales of ghost sightings at the haunted house. But their fun and games come to a sudden stop when Brent is accused of stealing art treasures from an elderly island resident. Afraid of being arrested and sent to foster care, Brent goes into hiding. Magda then has two mysteries to solve: the ancient mystery of the haunted house and the very present problem of how to prove her friend innocent and keep him from being sent away from the island.

Without giving away the plot, let me just say that, with help from Sport, her neighbour’s, friendly black dog, Magda eventually solves the mystery of the haunted house. She also discovers the true criminals responsible for the theft of the art treasures and brings them to justice. Brent’s suffering comes to an end. He finds a permanent, safe and happy home on the island.

Mayne Island Mysteries is a highly readable story that will appeal to preteens and that families will enjoy reading aloud. Harvey’s writing is clear and engaging, her characters sympathetic and real and her setting evocative. Magda is a very likable and memorable heroine, one that today’s children will relate to. Magda struggles, as we all do at times, between obeying the rules and following her curiosity. In the end, her instincts guide her true. I look forward to hearing about her further adventures!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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