Richard Clark has written seven middle grade chapter books, one of which, My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent, has been on the Amazon and iBooks kids books best-seller lists for over two years with over 50,000 downloads.
Richard has worked extensively as a screenwriter and story editor, both in Toronto and Los Angeles. A graduate of UCLA and AFI, his credits include writing or story-editing over 150 produced TV scripts for shows broadcast on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, BBC, Netflix, CBC, CTV and many other domestic and foreign networks. He’s also developed shows for many production companies, written four TV movies for Showtime Networks, optioned several feature screenplays in Los Angeles, and worked as a director and editor. In 2010 he was nominated for both a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy) and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award, and in 2012 another WGC award.
In addition, Richard has taught screenwriting at Humber College and Sheridan College in Toronto, and he wrote Scratch & Sniff, an interactive book app for kids.
Richard lives in Toronto with his wife and their 10-year-old twins… and he’s lived to tell the tale.
Rich Murray, illustrator for My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent, has over 25 years’ experience in digital illustration, animation and game design under the monicker RichToons. His credits include animated videos for numerous clients, illustrations for over a dozen kids books available on the Energizer - The Power of Reading website, and he designed, illustrated and animated all elements of the Monkey Doo game app available for smart phones and tablets. He also illustrated the Scratch & Sniff interactive book app for kids, and he’s most recently become the official animator of the Humble & Fred Radio Show.
on Jan. 06, 2017 :
The Lost Treasure of Loma Grande by Richard Clark begins with C.J. Drake and Arguelo who are on the hunt for relics in Machu Picchu. The one in particular they're looking for is gone, moved to Loma Grande in California, or so they suspect. Rudy McCafferty is a boy in this town, a fan of Drake's work. He wants to be like the world famous archaeologist and searches his town for relics. However, strange occurrences have begun happening in the new mall and it might be due to this mysterious relic.
I enjoyed Drake and Arguelo, however I wish those two's adventures were a bit more prominent; they obviously went through a lot of time and effort to get to Machu Picchu and then to Loma Grande, but not much of it is shown to us. Both of them also seem to be really great characters and I wish we just got to experience them further. Rudy McCafferty and Nick Nelson are the primary kid characters. Rudy is a wannabe archaeologist, taking inspiration from the Drake adventures he's read about in magazines. Nick is, in his words, an investigative reporter. I thought it kind of awkward that Rudy mocked him for filming things all the time, especially considering that it later became a prominent part of the story. Also, it's not as dorky as one might think it is; in this day and age, many people film all types of things. I like the interactions between C.J. and Rudy. I appreciate that archaeology is Rudy's passion and he takes an interest in finding new objects. However, I didn't really like how C.J. kind of put Rudy and Nick's lives in danger.
Overall, many of the characters are kind of cliché such as the bullies and Ken. However, I like the relationship between C.J. and Rudy, despite the fact that Drake sometimes puts the kids' lives in danger. I think that many scenes and plot events could have been better explained and expanded. However, despite my problems with it, I do think that it was a fairly good book and I enjoyed it a lot. If there were more, I would be happy to read any further instalments and I think it would make a great series!
(review of free book)