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Secret of the Forbidden City
Treasure Hunters Series #3
James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
Illustrated by Juliana Neufeld
Read by Bryan Kennedy

Hachette Audio
09/14/2015 / ISBN 9781478959663
Children / Fiction / Family Adventure / 8 - 12 Years / Audiobook - Unabridged (PDF with illustrations)

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


Patterson and Grabenstein bring young readers the third book in their children's travel adventure. The Kidd family enjoys life on their ship because they are treasure hunters. Mom and dad have always included their children on the treasure hunts, so it makes sense when the parents are kidnapped that the children have the skill and knowledge to hunt them down. Bick explains that he is the writer of this story and gives credit to his twin sister Rebecca (Beck) for the illustrations. (The audio version includes PDF files for listeners to enjoy.) Their genius sister Storm and cool older brother Tommy also join in this voyage. Everyone has a vital part in this adventure. The Kidd siblings know their parents are CIA super spies, so they know to move with caution. On this trip, the family heads to China to trade treasure for their mother. The Kidd family meets various types of grownups (good/bad), search for clues and face danger in the hopes of rescuing their parents. It's an awesome adventure across the globe. This is number three in the series, so I recommend starting with number one.

The audio version is read by Bryan Kennedy. Kennedy narrates the Patterson's Middle School series, as well as many other popular children's' series'. The Kidd brothers sound like beach boys. The youthful narration garners excitement and participation. Parents will be happy to hear their young readers are learning as they read.

Reviewed 2016