#Book reviews – The Amanda Travels series

Michael and I have discovered the Amanda Travels books by Darlene Foster. Michael loves them. I can’t believe that together we have read two books in this series in four weeks and are currently well into a third.

Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask

Amanda in Arabia

What Amazon says

Amanda Ross is an average twelve year old Canadian girl. So what is she doing thousands of kilometres from home in the United Arab Emirates? It’s her own fault really, she wished for adventure and travel when she blew out those candles on her last birthday cake. Little did she know that a whole different world awaited her on the other side of the globe, one full of intrigue, mystery and folklore. A world with a beautiful princess, a dangerous desert and wonderful friends. Join Amanda on her first adventure as she discovers the secrets behind The Perfume Flask.

Our review

This was the first book we read together. Michael found it very interesting and enjoyed the descriptions of this desert country. He liked learning about the camels and reading about the camel race and a sand storm in the desert. The story was sufficiently fast paced to keep him interested and he wanted to read every night [instead of his usual practice of procrastinating for as long as possible before getting down to his reading]. I enjoyed the book too and thought the language was pitched at the right level for a middle school reader. My only comment on this book is that I was not sure if two foreign girls in UAE would have that much freedom to wander around but this certainly did not detract from the story line.

A recent Amazon review

Guru Nam Kaur Khalsa rated this book five out of five stars and said:

A girl who is visiting her aunt and uncle in Abu Dhabi buys an antique perfume bottle which leads her to a runaway princess and a daring rescue on camel back.

Amanda in England: The Missing Novel

Amanda in England: The Missing Novel by Darlene Foster (2012-08-01)

What Amazon says

Amanda Ross is visiting England and taking in all the sights. She gets lost in the maze at Hampton Court, does some shopping at Harrods, meets the ravens in the Tower of London, explores Windsor Castle, and rides the London Eye. When she discovers a vintage book is missing from a collection, she is determined to find out who stole it. Amanda befriends a pair of tough teenagers from the streets of London, an elderly bookshop owner, and a big, friendly, clever, Maine Coon cat named Rupert. Follow Amanda through cobblestone streets, medieval castles, and underground tunnels in her quest to find the missing novel!

Our review

Michael loved this story. We have recently travelled to England and he was quite delighted to read the descriptions of the old buildings, London Eye and Tower of London, all of which he has seen and can relate to. I have a collection of antique and vintage books which I treasure, so Michael could understand the value of an old book and why someone would think such an item was worth stealing. In this story, Amanda makes some new and interesting friends and there is a subtle message about not judging a person by how they look and speak which I liked. Michael was also delighted by Rupert, the cat. He was most interested in Rupert’s role in the whole adventure.

A recent Amazon review

Unicorngirl rated this book four out of five stars and said:

I really enjoy the Amanda books by Darlene Foster. I love the way the author teaches geography while creating a wonderful mystery that children will quite like. She creates viable characters and a great plot. Glad I bought the whole set.

Purchase the Amanda Travels books


Click on the links to view Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask and Amanda in England: The Missing Book on Amazon.


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town



20 thoughts on “#Book reviews – The Amanda Travels series

  1. Great Reviews Robbie of these entertaining and exciting books. A great Recommendation from Michael by his not being able to wait to carry on reading them: his action speaks louder than words.

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