The Golden Flute:
Adventures of Lilli and Zane #1
by Catherine Lanigan
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication date, June 12th 2012
by Cedar Fort
Summary from Goodreads: Masterfully written by award-winning author Catherine Lanigan, this thrilling action story keeps you guessing through every twist and turn. Cross continents and connect the clues along with teen treasure hunters Lilli and Zane as they try to stay one step of ahead of danger, find the ancient artifacts, and keep them far away from their enemies. A must-read for adventurers of all ages!
Cathy’s Review: Lilli is 14 years old, her dad finds ancient artifacts and he’s gone a lot, leaving Lilli in the care of her nanny, Nancy. Lilli has been having a lot of strange dreams featuring her mother, Arlette, who died five years earlier. Arlette seems to be trying to tell Lilli something…something to do with a golden flute that Arlette sent to Lilli, ironically on the day that she was murdered. The flute came to Lilli, but it has always been broken, it doesn’t make noise. Lilli and Nancy are just getting ready to join Lilli’s father JC in England for spring break. But when Lilli’s next door neighbor’s, Zane and Teddy spot some men breaking into Lilli’s house right after they’ve left, they know that there’s going to be trouble for Lilli and Nancy and they hurriedly get tickets on the same flight to London. It’s a good thing they did, there’s no way Lilli and Nancy could be prepared for what comes next!
This book had a lot of action and adventure in it. The plot moved maybe a bit too fast for me. It was hard to keep up with just which character was narrating the story. The story jumps from Lilli to Teddy to the criminals to her father…you get the idea. I really liked Teddy’s character, he was just a cutie. I could picture a little boy acting just like he does, trying not to show his crush on the older Lilli, but trying to be kind to her at the same time, plus he’s such a computer nerd! I didn’t really feel like the other characters were quite as well developed as Teddy. I do however think that the target audience of young adults will really enjoy the story and the characters!
About the author: I am an author of over 30 published books and am constantly researching the next 30. I love gardening, cooking, reading, loving my old friends and making new friends.