State of Quarries by Elysabeth Eldering

JGDS_State_of_Quarries_cover_rock_fontThe Junior Geography Detective Squad returns in State of Quarries, the second book in this continuing series of the fifty states by Elysabeth Eldering.

Matt is busy in his room studying when his younger sister Mary Beth strolls in begging to play the game Matt received as a gift from his mother. Like the typical older brother he says, “no”; but Mary Beth soon convinces him that a round would be fun. And like the last time when they played with Matt’s friend Guy, they place a bet. This time, the loser has to perform the other person’s most hated chore.

Clue by clue pops up on the screen, each clue getting easier as they advance. Who will uncover the identity of the state in this round first? And who will be left doing double chores?

I eagerly awaited the release of the second book in the Junior Geography Detective Squad series. Book 1, State of Wilderness introduced us to Matt Peterson, his mother, his best friend Guy and his younger sister Mary Beth, and led the kids along on an adventure that made learning fun.

With Guy only being mentioned in the second book, but not present to participate in the game, State of Quarries depends upon the healthy competitive side of sibling rivalry to move the story along, as each sibling hopes to uncover the answer first and not be stuck with the other person’s most hated chore.

As I mentioned when I reviewed State of Wilderness, Eldering really taps into what it is like to be a young person, so Matt and Mary Beth are realistic characters. They bicker, they tease, and they each want to win.

Aidana WillowRaven returns to illustrate the second book, providing cover art and interior illustrations that help depict the clues and the handheld game. The rustic look of many of these illustrations subtly symbolizes the many years of history that the reader is uncovering as she picks up clue after clue and learns United States geography.

Once the game is over and the state’s identity has been revealed, there is a section that provides more facts about the state and a series of discussion questions. This book is perfect not only for your child, but is also an excellent classroom resource. Teacher’s Guides are also available.

Learning doesn’t get any more fun than this!

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  • Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC
  • ISBN-10: 097975139X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979751394
  • SRP:  $14.99
  • State of Wilderness by Elysabeth Eldering

    JGDS_State_of_Wilderness_by_Elysabeth_ElderingAre you looking for a fun and unique way to get your school-aged child interested in reading and geography? Look no further than State of Wilderness, the first book in Elysabeth Eldering’s Junior Geography Detective Squad series.

    When Matt Patterson’s mother gets him a new geography video game, he and his friend, Guy decide to try it out. Now, Junior Geography Detectives, the boys click through a series of clues to help them figure out which of the fifty United States this round of the game is referring to.

    Just to make it interesting, Matt and Guy wager that the person who guesses the right answer first gets to pick something for the loser to do–and it probably won’t be nice. And when Mary Beth, Matt’s younger sister joins in on the fun, it’s a race to see who will uncover which state could be known as the State of Wilderness.

    This is an impressive start to what I see as being a popular series of books to inspire a love of reading in young people. Eldering speaks their language, makes learning fun, and gives readers a reason to keep turning the pages. Readers will learn a variety of interesting tidbits about one of the fifty states in each book and this book ends with “Stay tuned for some more fun activities on the state,” followed by information about the state’s flag, a map and quiz, and a cryptogram that reveals the state’s motto.

    Kudos go out to illustrator Aidana WillowRaven whose artwork added visual tie-ins to the clues, placing each in the screen of the video game.

    The Junior Geography Detective Squad is a series you’ll certainly want to keep your eye on. I anxiously await the release of the next book.


    Rating:   🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC
  • ISBN-10: 0979751357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979751356
  • SRP:  $12.50 (U.S.)