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Affinity by J.N. Williamson
Ashenden or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham
At Play in the Fields of the Lord by Peter Matthessen
Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
To Bathe in Lightning by Anne Gay
The Bird Shaman's Girl by Judith Moffett
Birthday Card, Where Are You? by Harriet Ziefert
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell Bleach 4 by Tite Kubo
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize by David A Adler
Chain Letter by Christopher Pike
Class President by Johanna Hurwitz
The Diamond Shadow by Fred Chappell
Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
Fortunately by Remy Charlip
The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper by Timothy Foote
Honesty: Zach's Tall Tale by Shelagh Canning
Journey to the Orange Islands by Tracey West
Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen
M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
The Mysterious Island (Secrets of Droon 3) by Tony Abbott
Mystery of the Moaning Cave by William Arden
National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
The Recreation Room by Albert E. Cowdrey
Responsibility: Annie Shows Off by Shelagh Canning
Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters
Sock at Work by Shelagh Canning
The Star to Every Wandering Barque by James Stoddard
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell Thundershock in Pummelo Stadium by Tracey West
Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharyn McCrumb

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Comment for The Mysterious Island (Secrets of Droon 3)

F & SFThe Mysterious Island (Secrets of Droon 3): 11/20/07

The Secrets of Droon series of books began in 1999 with The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet. I happened to have a copy of the third in the series, The Mysterious Island, which I read before donating it to the BookCrossing literacy train.

The series comes highly recommended at Amazon but I found the one book I read to be nothing special. There are numerous series of books where children from present day get to travel to far away fantasy lands. These lands have names like Neverland, Oz, Narnia and so forth. Droon from what I saw is no where as interesting as Neverland, Oz or Narnia (and I'm not much a fan of Narnia). Droon is more akin to Dragon Land (Dragon Tales, PBS 1999).

In The Mysterious Island, Eric, Julie, and Neal travel down the staircase to Princess Keeah's ship. It might as well be Max, Emma and Enrique traveling to Dragon Land to Princess Kadoodle's ship: the characters seem interchangeable to me. Anyway, these three end up on a mysterious island with bugs and other weird stuff. The island belongs to evil Lord Sparr's witches. Ho hum.

I suppose younger readers who have started with the series from book one and are fans will enjoy book three. As a stand alone fantasy it doesn't hold up.

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