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Thea Stilton and the Mountain of Fire: Geronimo Stilton Special Edition

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Thea Stilton and the Mountain of Fire: Geronimo Stilton Special Edition

When Thea Stilton hears from "the Thea Sisters," she gets set to write down their story in this exciting adventure book. Nicky has received a call from her grandmother Naya, who happens to be an Australian Aborigine. Naya is upset because the sheep at the family ranch are sick, and no one can figure out what is wrong with them. Nicky knows that without the sheep's wool the family sells, her family will be in terrible financial trouble. She instantly begins packing to go home. Her fellow Thea Sisters --- Paulina, Violet, Pamela and Colette --- decide to support their friend and go with her.
 
When the group finally reaches the ranch (learning a lot about the "enormouse" country of Australia in the process), Naya leads them to the sick sheep, who are losing their wool in great clumps. Since the time for shearing (cutting off the wool) is less than a month away, Nicky knows she and the others have an urgent deadline to solve the mystery and save the family's ranch.
 
As the Thea Sisters chase down clues throughout the Australian outback, we also can gather the important clues that are highlighted in the book with a magnifying glass. As we ponder evidence such as the nervousness of the horse when she spots a crop plane, we also wonder who can solve the mystery faster: the Thea Sisters or the readers.
 
As with all Geronimo Stilton books, THEA STILTON AND THE MOUNTAIN OF FIRE is jam-packed with fascinating bits of information. As the mystery unravels, we learn about Australia's land and creatures, Australian Aborigine people, the unique characteristics of Australian ranches, Australia's history, an unusual flying emergency medical service, and much more. Readers also can play several clever games, such as mazes, making the reading experience enjoyably interactive.

Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on September 1, 2009

Thea Stilton and the Mountain of Fire: Geronimo Stilton Special Edition
(Geronimo Stilton / Thea Stilton #42)
by Thea Stilton

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2009
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0545150604
  • ISBN-13: 9780545150606