Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits, by Michael Beil

Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak BanditsSummary:  In 1937, ten-year-old Henry Shipley must rely on a talking cat named Lantern Sam and a kindly conductor named Clarence to help solve the kidnapping of a young heiress aboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner passenger train.

Alfred Knopf

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One thought on “Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits, by Michael Beil

  1. This book was not one of my favorites, to say the least. In the main plot, a ten year old boy must rescue his new friend from wanted criminals with the help of a punctual conductor and talking cat.
    All of the characters in this story were pretentious braggarts. In the first few chapters, one of the characters actually said, “I bragged about my dad’s boat”. That was the first time I had ever heard a character say that he bragged and not feel any guilt or react to this thought at all!
    There was also a subplot about the talking cat’s background, which was not necessary. It is simply not distinguished enough for newbery.
    However it would most certainly be enjoyable for a young reader 7-10 who is looking for a humorous adventure involving a thrilling mystery.

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