The S.O.S. Boys in ... Mystery or Mischief(c) 2016, 200 pgs., paperback, $10.98
The S.O.S. Boys Mystery Book Series are fast-paced adventure stories starring fifteen-year-old friends, Rick, Greg, and Topher. The S.O.S. Boys, along with Rick’s Irish Setter, Aaron, solve mysteries in and around the San Juan Islands of Washington. The FBI and Coast Guard named them, S.O.S. Boys, because the boys used Morse code to communicate with each other while solving mysteries and to protect the boys’ identities.
Rick, Greg, and Topher are lifelong friends who live in Bellingham and Orcas Island. After working many odd jobs for over two years, the boys combined their savings together to purchase a sixteen-foot boat with an outboard motor. They planned to use the boat to travel back and forth from Bellingham to Orcas Island and earn money crab fishing.
In the first book, Mystery on Orcas Island, they discover an alien robot dog and named him Markie, which is short for his full name - Markarian 818. Markie arrived to Earth when his Intergalactic Transporter malfunctioned and sent him hurling to Earth from the Markarian Galaxy. Although he has futuristic capabilities and knowledge, he does not tell the boys the answers to solve their mysteries. Instead, Markie guides them along to discover the answers to their science, math, history, and geography questions.
The stories use informational facts while weaving an action-packed story. The boys are always respectful, responsible, and espouse positive virtues. The stories use informational facts while weaving it into an action-packed story. The boys are always respectful, responsible, and espouse positive virtues. Throughout the story, they demonstrate hard work equals success. They are 15 years old and full of youthful curiosity and energy. Their mysteries are solved using hard work and diligence.
Mystery or Mischief: As Markie prepares his spaceship to return to the Markarian Galaxy, some unexplained events are beginning to occur in and around Orcas Island. The boys and Markie try to determine if it is related to the Russian scientist who is researching the local hydrothermal vents; or, are they due to an alien creature who has arrived on Orcas Island. Are the boys and the inhabitants in the area in danger from an alien? Read to find out if the alien is friend or foe and if Markie must return to the Markarian Galaxy.
$10.98, 204 pages, paperback, (c) 2016.
The story's readability is fifth/sixth grade and suitable for children in grades 4th through 8th.