State of Reservations by Elysabeth Eldering

The Junior Geography Detective Squad (JGDS) returns in Book 3, State of Reservations by Elysabeth Eldering.

The adventure continues with the third book in this fabulous series for middle grade students. When Matt gets a surprise visit from Jolene, they decide to use his Junior Geography Detective Squad video game to study for an upcoming test. As usual, they place their bets, and the loser has to do whatever it is the winner has chosen–in this case, Matt will have to carry Jolene’s dance bag and participate in warm ups at her ballet class or Jolene will have to come to the skateboard park dressed in grungy clothes and watch Matt’s team compete on Saturday. Neither seems appealing and they are both determined to be the first one to figure out the clues and correctly guess the state in question.

I’ve been a fan of this series since it began. It’s a great way to help children learn interesting facts about the United States and it encourages them to learn more once the last page is turned. New characters pop up alongside the regular cast of characters in each book, which keeps readers eager to pick up the next book in the series.  The bets are funny and it’s entertaining to read along and see who ends up winning and witnessing the losers’ reactions. As with other books in the series, there is a section that includes additional facts about the state covered in the current book. There is also a set of discussion questions at the end.

I have a couple of tiny nitpicks for this one. I wasn’t as pleased with the illustrations in this book as compared to the previous two. There was one illustration I didn’t understand at all and another where I couldn’t even identify what the object in the illustration was until I read the text. I also noticed that the back cover spells Jolene’s name wrong twice. The word “Detective” was also left out of the series name on the back cover. Perhaps I received an ARC, but the  book isn’t identified as one.

Those small challenges don’t take away from a great story that will entertain and educate your children. State of Reservations by Elysabeth Eldering is just another reason for me to love the Junior Geography Detective Squad series. I’m looking forward to the next book.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC
  • ISBN-10: 0984070869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984070862
  • SRP:  $12.50

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    11 thoughts on “State of Reservations by Elysabeth Eldering

    1. Thanks, Cheryl. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. Hope your vacation is going well. I know the weather here in South Carolina has been hot, but hoping you are having nice cool weather on the beach. Chat with you when you return – E 🙂

      Elysabeth Eldering
      Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

      Where will the adventure take you next?

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    3. This book sounds so good, as does the whole series so far. I hope schools pick it up for their classes. The kids would have so much fun while they’re learning too.’

      Congratulations, Elysabeth. Nice review, Cheryl.

    4. Thanks ya’ll. I promise there are books coming in the series. My new illustrator is working dligently on covers for the 4th and 5th in the series and hopefully “State of Successes” will be available by the end of August. If all goes well and we have everything in place by the middle of October, “State of Heights” should be available.

      Available in a couple of weeks will be the story that started it all. – “Train of Clues”. So don’t forget to order your copy before they are all gone -(please see my website for ordering).

      Beverly, as soon as I the next one is published, it will be listed in Educational/Library distributors through createspace via the Pro Advantage option (I have three choices to list with using the Pro Advantage and snce I know my series will do okay in the non-educational markets, it will do better in the educational markets. So hopefully by this time next year I’ll have enough books available that folks will see the advantage of preordering the series so that all they have to do is wait until a new books is available to add to their collection.

      Remember I do have study guides available to supplement each book which makes it even more appealing to the schools and homeschoolers. See it will happen (fingers crossed – lol) – E 🙂

      Elysabeth Eldering
      Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

      Where will the adventure take you next?

    5. Any time you can make a book educational & fun it’s a winner. Good luck with the homeschool and education markets.
      J. Aday Kennedy
      The Differently-Abled Writer
      Children’s Book Author & Inspirational Spokesperson
      Klutzy Kantor & Marta Gargantuan Wings

    6. Yep – that’s idea – fun and educational. I’m having fun with the series. I’ve seen the illustrations of a couple of cover illustrations on the next two books and I’m very pleased. I hope you all will like them too.

      Will be doing final edits on “State of Successes” this weekend and “State of Heights” is ready to go, so all you guys have to do is wait – lol me anxiously awaiting everything. But this is a good thing as the stories will start coming out quicker. We are shooting for 5 a year and if money and illustrator are good, we may even get six a year out. I figure at five a year starting in 2011 that by the end of 2019 the series should be completely available.

      Thanks for stopping by everyone. See you in the postings – E 🙂

      Elysabeth Eldering
      Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

      Where will the adventure take you next?

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