Cassidy Jones, Seattle’s fascinating fourteen-year-old super-hero, returns in another delightful adventure for middle graders and beyond in book two, Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift. Cassidy continues to adjust to heightened abilities of sight, smell, speed and athleticism since the accidental exposure to Professor Phillips secret, experimental 10X formula.
The adventure begins with Cassidy at the Seattle Center garbed “head-to-toe in black,” wearing a black ski mask to disguise her youthful age and “mutant” identity. It’s one in the morning as she runs her gaze up and down the “white-painted beam of the Space Needle’s northern leg” gauging the gravity defying climb to the top.
Seconds later, Cassidy settled under the Christmas tree that adorns the 605 foot, saucer-like Space Needle and could feel the Needle’s exhilarating sway as icy wind whipped her “dark-red hair into a frenzy” She knew Emery, the professor’s brilliant fifteen-year-old son, would be upset she left home without calling his Droid and then dismissed the thought. Even though he was her secret bodyguard she had to work off this pent up energy. Besides she planned to climb back through her bedroom window before he checked for her GPS location.
She peeked over the saucer like edge when she overheard voices below and saw four surly teens circling “Ol’ Joe,” a homeless man she knew by scent, until he spoke to her for the first time tonight. When he saw her at the base of the Needle he had warned “…Ol Joe is watchin you Green Eyes…somebody is up to no good.”
Now, loud, slurred words floated up through the icy air, taunting the old man with words that made hot blood pump through Cassidy’s veins. “Prey drive” engaged and she hit the ground, her black Nike sending one punk flying, while another’s head snapped to the side and the others ran away…
Thus begins Cassidy’s newest escapade where danger, mystery and a touch of romance abound. Cassidy discovers additional super-hero capabilities, whether using scent to track an escaped Siberian tiger, chasing a screeching, smelly Sasquatch, or confronting a thrashing, thirteen-foot python intent on a fearsome “hug.” This larger-than-life character keeps the pages turning long after lights should go out.
There are also large amounts of danger, treachery and suspense with a mysterious man in a silver suit, another mutant and formidable Lily White. Not to mention the ancient secret everyone searches for the Germans invented in WWII. From the well-written Prologue to the villain’s maniacal laughter at book’s end that foreshadows book three, readers of all ages will be added to Cassidy’s growing fan base.
Besides entertaining, the Cassidy Jones series contains no graphic violence, curse words or sexual innuendo, yet the pace is fast, the conflict authentic and the danger real. If you’re looking for realistic characterizations, substantive plotting and vulnerable, lovable characters who deal with modern issues in wholesome ways, look no further, the Cassidy Jones series is for you.
Trailer for Cassidy Jones Adventures Book Series: www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3yNIs4s44A
***Breaking news—just learned book three—Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant has a spring release, target date in May, with an intriguing storyline that reads:
Some secrets are better left buried…
When mysterious Gavin Phillips returns to Seattle after a prolonged and unexplained absence, he threatens to expose fifteen-year-old Cassidy Jones’s incredible secret: she is a superhero. But his presence is far more sinister than she realizes, for it soon becomes apparent that his hidden agenda holds a dark and dangerous intent to unleash an unparalleled evil upon an unsuspecting world. Can Cassidy stop him before all is lost? Check with the author for ongoing news: www.cassidyjonesadventures.com
For more excellent reading for tweens and teens and some outstanding how-to teen parenting books, check out the “list” that headlines the review…
‘Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift’ by Elise Stokes, JACE Publishing LLC, 2011, 304 Pages, 978-0988185104, $9.99, available in paperback and Kindle editions
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