Pros & Cons / Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits by Michael D. Beil


Pros and ConsLantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits {by one of my favorites, Michael D. Beil} fits right in with this discussion of underrated middle grade novels from last week. It flew under my radar this spring, and it certainly hasn’t caught the attention it deserves since then! Historical fiction and mysteries are two of my favorite genres {although let’s be honest, I like them all :)}, so when paired together, already I start the book off on a good note. I will also admit that my reading of the 1930’s is limited, so Lantern Sam was really winning it, even before I looked at page one! Fortunately, I was still loving it by the time it ended, as you’ll see in my full thoughts below.

Here’s a quick summary from the publisher, as usual: Lantern Sam is the wise-cracking, sarcastic, talking cat {for those who can hear him, that is} who lives onboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner train and is one of the best detectives no one knows about. He doesn’t have much patience for humans {unless they bring him sardines}, but when 10-year-old traveler Henry can’t find his new friend, the exuberant Ellie, Sam’s enlisted to help. A ransom note is soon discovered and just like that, Sam and Henry are on the case, with the help of Clarence the Conductor {who supplies Sam’s sardines}. But is Ellie still on board the train? Did the salesman with his trunk full of samples sneak her off? And why does that couple keep acting so suspicious? {Goodreads}

Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits Pros and ConsLet’s discuss! Goodreads isn’t helping at the moment – I can’t find out if Beil has any new books coming soon. I’ll take anything, whether it’s another adventure with the Red Blazer Girls or Lantern Sam! This could easily be made into an entertaining series for readers to return to. Do you have any other terrific middle grade mysteries to recommend?

Have a lovely Monday!



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