Review! Amanda on the Danube by Darlene Foster

danubeAmanda on the Danube: The Sounds of Music
By Darlene Foster 
128 pages – ages 9+
Published by Central Avenue Publishing on October 1, 2016

Synopsis- Amanda Ross is back on another trip, and this time, she and her friend Leah and their families are going on a river cruise up the Danube River in Germany! All was going well, until Amanda agrees to hold onto a violin for a small boy living on the streets. That’s when it becomes apparent that someone else wants the violin too. But who? And why? Amanda and Leah are back on the case!

What I Thought- I really like this series. Ms. Foster has a neat way of writing that involves the adventure and intrigue of a mystery, but while also including information about real-life places. The book follows Amanda, Leah, and their families as they travel on the Danube River in Germany, and we learn things as they learn them. There is a neat mystery/thriller type plot, and even though I could guess what was going to come for some of the plot twists, it was still a good story that kids will like. This book is a shining example of great, well-written, age-appropriate middle-grade books! Ms. Foster has something great going on with this series, and I cannot wait to read the next book and see where Amanda goes next!


I give this book five out of five bookworms!

If you are looking for a great holiday gift for a middle-grade reader who likes learning about different parts of the world while getting a good mystery, I recommend the Amanda series! There are five books in all. I really like how they take place all over the world.




Categories: Age 6-9

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30 replies

  1. I’m going to recommend these to my middle grade librarians. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

  2. Thank you for this fab review of Amanda´s latest adventure. So pleased it passed the kid review test!!

  3. What a great review of Amanda on the Danube! I enjoyed the combination of mystery and travel. Such a fun series.

  4. I love the subtitles and the whole look/feel of the series, Erik. Thanks for making me aware of them! 😀

  5. A wonderful review! I believe my granddaughter will soon be old enough to enjoy the books in this series. 😀

  6. This seems interesting. Nice review, Erik. I love the cover.

  7. I’ve got one waiting for my 8-year-old granddaughter Sophie for Christmas, and my son is ordering two more for Sophie, his niece, for the holiday too!


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