Wednesday, June 1, 2016

5-Star Review of "The Mystery of Ghost Dancer Ranch"

Review of The Mystery of Ghost Dancer Ranch

The Adventures of Punkin and Boo--Book One

The Mystery of Ghost Dancer Ranch: The Adventures of Punkin and Boo

The Mystery of Ghost Dancer Ranch is the gripping story of two teenage cousins who are thrown together for the summer at their Grandparents' ranch in California. While exploring the old ranch, the girls stumble on a mystery that involves desperate crooks, the ghost of a long-dead Sioux War Chief, a young Native American man on a mission to save his tribe, and secret tunnels and caves left over from an old Spanish Mission. Throw in a guardian angel who protects the girls from some evil spirits that want to bring the story to a bad end, and you have The Mystery of Ghost Dancer Ranch, the first in a series of faith-filled mystery adventures for kids, featuring Punkin and Boo.

MY REVIEW:    Boo is not thrilled about spending her summer at Grandma and Grandpa's Ghost Dancer Ranch in California until she discovers a hidden wall and cave.  Punkin is not happy about having to go to visit at Grandma and Grandpa's to meet Boo and spend time with her.   Boo hopes that she and Punkin can become friends and not just cousins.  She also hopes that Punkin will help her solve the mystery of Ghost Dancer Ranch.  They don't hit it off at first, until Boo shows Punkin what she has discovered. Then they are off on a great adventure, but it's a dangerous adventure too.  Will they solve the mystery together?  Will they remain safe or will someone get hurt?
         This is a wonderful piece of literature that is designed for young adults but I could not stop reading it myself.  As a former middle school teacher, I am sure that children of that age would enjoy this book greatly.  It is Christian based fictional work.   Private Christian schools would be able to use this in the classroom and it would make an excellent addition to a classroom library.  
          I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
          I received a copy of this book from the author and P & J Publishing in exchange for my honest review.


Patrick E. Craig
Best-selling author, Patrick E. Craig, is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful songwriting and performance career in the music industry to follow Christ in 1984. He spent the next twenty-six years as a worship leader, seminar speaker and pastor in churches, and at retreats, seminars and conferences all across the Western United States. After ministering for a number of years in music and worship to a circuit of small churches in Northern California, he is now concentrating on writing and publishing both fiction and non-fiction books. In November, 2011, Patrick signed a three book deal with Harvest House Publishers to publish his "Apple Creek Dreams" series. His Latest work, "The Amish Heiress" (Book One in The Paradise Chronicles series) has been on the best seller lists on Amazon since August. Patrick is represented by the Steve Laube Agency. 

Patrick has an extensive background as a writer. Throughout his school years he edited high school and college newspapers. In 1964 he won a national editorial contest sponsored by the Wall Street Journal for an editorial he wrote on the death of President Kennedy, and, in the same year, acted as Senior Editor for a special issue of the University of Washington Evergreen during a summer internship for High School Editors. After a year at Whitman College, where he was a journalism major, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he became a fixture on the local music scene.

As a professional songwriter, he wrote with and for such artists as Bill Champlin (Chicago), David Jenkins (Pablo Cruise), Buddy Miles, The Tazmanian Devils, and many others in the secular music industry. His songs were recorded by such artists and music groups as West Coast Natural Gas, Indian Pudding and Pipe, Joey Covington's Fat Fandango, The Sons of Champlin, The Tazmanian Devils, Buddy Miles, David Jenkins, Laura Allen, The Fairfax Street Choir and in Europe by the Swedish Band Seid. He had two music albums released on Warner Brothers records, and contributed to best selling albums by artists such as Chris Isaak and others. Recently a compilation of his early work was released in Switzerland as a specialty music album.

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