To discover the secret of her past, she has to track down stolen treasure. But dangerous people also want it. Can she find it first?
When she was a baby, Cairo was found in a trunk by Agatha Mulch, a mean, thieving auctioneer. Now twelve years old, Cairo is desperate to escape Agatha’s cruelty and find her real parents. She runs away and joins a group who are hunting for the golden scarabs. If she helps them track down the treasure, Cairo could finally discover the truth about her family.
But there are others searching for the scarabs and unless Cairo faces her fears, learns who to trust, and finds the scarabs first, she might never unlock the mystery of her past.
The Trunk of Stars is the first novel in the Stolen Treasures series for readers aged nine to twelve. If you like Lemony Snicket and The Mysterious Benedict Society, you’ll love this action-packed adventure by Susie Dinneen.
Start reading today to see if Cairo can unravel the mystery.
This is a wonderful warm story full of love and kindness, without being sappy or overly sentimental. I thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult (sort-of!) reader, and can imagine it will really resonate with kids too – the author very clearly has a deep understanding of how unjust things can be for children, and how their experiences are filtered through and impacted by the behaviour of adults around them. Excellent writing and a solid message, highly recommended!
Sarah, Amazon reviewer
I thoroughly enjoyed following Cairo along on her adventures. The characters are wonderfully developed and the story moves along at a brisk pace, leaving you wanting to read just one more chapter each time you finish a chapter. The story is captivating and the writing is lean and finely crafted.
I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to younger and older readers alike. I eagerly await the next book in the series.
Patrick, Amazon reviewer
A thrilling adventure-mystery brimming with richly drawn characters, this book will keep you enthralled until the final page. I’d recommend it for children aged 9 – 12, but adults will enjoy it too!
Jill, Amazon reviewer