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Landon Snow and the the Island of Arcanum by R. K. Mortenson


Cover art: Landon Snow and the the Island of Arcanum
Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Landon Snow and the the Island of Arcanum - 3rd in the Landon Snow series
Author: R. K. Mortenson
Publisher: Barbour
ISBN-13: 978-1-59789-974-1
Release Date: October 2006
Genre/Sub-genre: Youth/Juvenille Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-12
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 9-14
Year/Setting: Present Day/Button Up, Minnesota, and other places
Overall Rating: 4.5
R.K.'s Website: None found

Landon Snow is back again. He is heading to Button Up, MN with his sisters Holly and Bridget. Landon and Holly have both been on adventures that stem from secret places and passageways that revolve around the Button Up Library. While it might seem like a dream after the adventure ends, it was most certainly read while they were living it.

This time, they have told Bridget about their adventures and she’s hoping to go with them to Wonderwood—where Landon and Holly have gone in the past. However, they find themselves transported out of the library and into a high-seas voyage. They discover that they are off to find the Island of Arcanum. The island is where the animals of Wonderwood are imprisoned and where the evil shadows of Malus Quidam will be found looking for victims.

What a surprise to find Landon and his sisters not in Wonderwood but in a huge ship…boat…ark on the sea. As they learn the enormity of their quest, I started to doubt they could pull it off. The shadows were barely conquered in Book 2—and more of them are on the island than were in Wonderwood. However, Landon’s friend Ditty reminds us all that the Auctor is waiting for us to call on Him. He will protect those who belong to him.

All of our friends—and a few enemies—are back in this latest adventure. As always, I find myself wrapped up in the story and unable to put it down. You’ll find so much action and suspense and you will cheer for Landon, Holly & Bridget from the first to the last page.

I don’t want to give too much plot information in the review because each segment of the plot is revealed throughout the book. Anything I write would really spoil it for the reader. Just trust me that you never thought the high seas would be so fun while being so dangerous.


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