The Trespasser's Unexpected Adventure

The Trespasser's Unexpected Adventure : The Mystery of the Shipwreck Pirates Gold

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Logan Seagate hadn't bargained on making friends with a secretive, rich and mysterious family - or being caught up in a pirates shipwreck mystery and trapped in a burning building with no way out - when he'd trespassed onto the private beach by abseiling down a cliff that first morning of school half-term break. But his "be alone" plans are interrupted when he meets Meeka, an adventurous eleven year old girl, and her secretive, mysterious parents.

After spending a thrilling day full of adventure and Ferraris, he finally realizes the identity of his mysterious new friends--but what's better, with the help of their friendship, it looks like that elusive sense of belonging is finally within his grasp.

Until his older foster brother shatters his hopes for his new friendship.

But it's not just his happiness that is at stake as a mystery unfolds around them. His suspicions of a shipwreck pirates' smuggling ring turn into reality, putting Meeka and his life plus the lives of his foster family at risk. Caught by the ruthless pirates they are all tied up and held captive.

A bigger shock is still to come, one that will hit Logan the hardest. But there is no time to deal with it because before he knows it he and Meeka are trapped in a burning building. With the flames getting higher, how can they possibly escape, rescue the people that matter the most to him and capture the crooks?


The Trespasser's Unexpected Adventure is a heart-warming suspense and mystery book for middle school children and early teens.

Logan, Meeka and the other children in his foster family start a friendship that will carry them through their exciting adventures in this, the first mystery book of the Crime Stopper Kids Mystery Series. See the children learn to trust their instincts and each other as they gate-crash the shipwreck pirates' smuggling mystery and figure out who the criminals really are. A school holiday they will always remember as the beginning of their friendship and their adventures.

A fun read, full of twists, adventure, surprises and laugh-out-loud moments.

What a feel good, great read! It has a bit of everything; family, friendship, action, suspense, laugh-out-loud wit, fight scenes, racing cars and more. The story is believable and heart-warming. The relationships are set up well, which helps to support the plausibility of the characters' actions during the crime part of the story. There was enough action and suspense to keep it really interesting for boys, but I loved reading about the interaction between the young people and them and their parents. It's a great example of what family should be like and it highlights that sometimes family has little to do with blood, but everything to do with commitment, acceptance, and love. The 'significant others' in this book are excellent role models. It should be a funny and exciting read for 9-13 year olds. Mike, Amazon Reader

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Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15mm | 331g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0473359677
  • 9780473359676
  • 1,919,868

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"The Trespasser's Unexpected Adventure by Karen Cossey is a well-written modern day mystery adventure story. Logan is the thirteen-year-old foster child of Steve and Abby. He meets Meeka and her rich and famous parents when they stay at a nearby clifftop lodge. When the two families get to know each other, Meeka enjoys sampling "normal" life for a few days. But then Logan, his older foster brothers and sister, and Meeka stumble on a smuggling operation and get caught up in a dramatic and dangerous adventure that includes secret tunnels, rock falls, being abducted and threatened, escape, bike racing, and finding their way out of a fire. I particularly like children's books that do more than just tell a good, exciting story. The main characters in The Trespasser have all experienced some kind of trauma or difficulty in their young lives and I like the way they are drawn together in friendship and the way these friendships help them move forward in their lives. The past experiences of Cossey's characters reflect reality for many children then, and this does give the book an added element that is special and important and I really liked this. I loved Meeka's desire to be an ordinary child, away from the fame and riches, and her family's sense of fun and love for each other. Her life contrasts with the pasts of Logan and the other foster children, but there is a similarity in that they all need the security that comes with normality and family love. There is plenty of exciting mystery, adventure and escape from danger as well as the fun of rock climbing, bike racing and family camps on the beach. An enjoyable action and crime story that older children or younger teens are sure to enjoy." --Hilary Hawkes, Reader's Favorite.
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70 ratings
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