ARC Review: The Highland Falcon Thief (M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman)


Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publication Date: January 30th 2020
Format: Paperback
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 238

Blurb from Goodreads:

Harrison Beck is reluctantly joining his travel-writer Uncle Nat for the last journey of the royal train, The Highland Falcon. But as the train makes its way to Scotland, a priceless brooch goes missing, and things suddenly get a lot more interesting. As suspicions and accusations run high among the passengers, Harrison begins to investigate and uncovers a few surprises along the way. Can he solve the mystery of the jewel thief and catch the culprit before they reach the end of the line?




The Highland Falcon Thief is the first book of the Adventures on Trains’ series.

This was such a fun read! I didn’t have enough luck with middle grade stories so far this year, so reading The Highland Falcon Thief was such a surprise for me. I read this just within hours, just to tell how enjoyable this book was.

I went into this book with such low expectations because middle grade stories could be a little be repetitive and predictive, but this totally caught me off guard. The Highland Falcon Thief didn’t disappoint me at all.

The story was so interesting that it glued me to the book. I was pretty much hooked from the first page. I always have some kind of fascination towards train and mysteries, and I was glad that this book offered us that.

I just love everything from the book, from the likable characters to its technical explanations on trains and the history behind it. I also love the relationship between Harrison and his uncle, Nat in this book where they were up for more action and adventure. It was also cool to read about his uncle’s job as a journalist who traveled around the world just to write books. Such a dream job. I love Lenny’s addition in this book and how it changed Harrison’s perspective towards life, that life is more than just playing video games, as he was an avid gamer before.

My favorite aspect from the book was the mystery part where the book kept us guessing from the start, about who was the prime suspect of the theft. Honestly, I couldn’t guess it from the start because the book kept on changing our view towards the characters thus I had a really hard time to pick the culprit behind the robbery. The closure was very unpredictable and I was impressed by the fact that these two children were able to unravel the mystery.

Although the book was written by two authors, M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman, I couldn’t even tell the difference between their writing style. It shows how they have taken the effort to merge their writing styles and systems together in order to write the book perfectly, without making each other’s writer distinct from one another.

I am excited to see what the next book will offer us. I expect that the next adventure to be outside England, as hinted at the last page of the book.

All in all, one of the best middle grade books so far this year.

Special thanks to Pansing Books for sending me The Highland Falcon Thief in exchange of an honest review.



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