Friday, April 13, 2007

Review: Alvin Fernald, Foreign Trader

Alvin Fernald, Foreign Trader by Clifford B. Hicks
2007, Bethlehem Books, 181 pps. Softcover

Alvin returns in another thrilling adventure in Alvin Fernald, Foreign Trader. This time his “Magnificent Brain” has created the prize winning tasty concoction of "Fernald’s Fireballs" that propels him, his friend Shoie, and his sister Daphne on a whirlwind European tour.

Together they have entered a recipe contest. The grand prize is an all-expense-paid trip to Europe. Since they concocted the recipe together, they all three get to spend an exciting summer vacation with the company owner, his wife, and the Director of Public Relations, Mr. Bixby B. Beasley. The excitement mounts when a mysterious Mr. X turns up threatening harm and causing mayhem. Not to be intimidated, Alvin outwits the Mr. X and his thug partner on more than one occasion.

As Alvin, Shoie, and Daphne explore the beauty of Europe, they also learn some practical lessons about foreign trade, making an otherwise dull subject to grade school students real and relevant to their lives.

Alvin Fernald, Foreign Trader is a fun adventure story that teaches the value of friendship, family and foreign trade.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Yank (4-13-07)

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