Swanage Gold

The Jake Barton Adventures Volume 1

Children - Adventure
286 Pages
Reviewed on 07/28/2016
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Author Biography

Adrian Keitch grew up in Surrey, England. He has worked in local government as a finance manager and later with international development. Swanage Gold is his first novel for children and the first in the Jake Bart Adventures series. It was written during his two hour commute to London from the Sussex coast and was inspired by the many holidays he enjoyed in Swanage, Dorset, as a child.

Adrian currently lives in Sussex, England, with his wife and son and they continue to visit Swanage as often as they can

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Swanage Gold: A Jake Barton Adventure is Volume 1 in the children’s series by Adrian Keitch. Jake wishes he didn’t have to stay with family friends, Bill and Win, in Swanage while his mom works. His mood changes when he meets Becky and hears Bill’s tale about John Mowlem and George Burt who hid gold bullion in Swanage in the 1800s. Jake’s fascination with Bill’s gold heirloom watch inspires him to look for the treasure with Becky. Their research on the Internet and clues found in John Mowlem’s diary take them to local historical attractions, but the clues are difficult to decipher. They also attract the unwanted attention of pretentious Mark Abbott, who employs Jake’s mom. As their treasure hunt uncovers more baffling clues, Jake and Becky find themselves in a dangerous situation.

Swanage Gold is a terrific action/mystery for preteens. Jake is a very smart, but snoopy kid who will disobey instructions when something bugs him. Becky knows how to get her way at times, but she is a sweet kid. Adrian Keitch has written an exciting treasure hunting adventure that contains historical facts about Swanage and its two local heroes, John Mowlem and George Burt. The moderately paced story will reel young readers into the riveting activities that Becky and Jake experience. Swanage Gold ends suspensefully as the adventure continues in Volume 2 of the Jake Barton Adventure series. Readers who want to know more about John Mowlem and George Burt will find the acknowledgement data relevant.

Mia's Book Reviews

I cannot wait to read more by Adrian Keitch and allow the child in me to come alive again! I most defiantly rate Swanage Gold 5 stars out of 5!

Chris Stretton-Smith

My son has just read Swanage Gold and loved it! When is the next instalment due out? He is eagerly anticipating it, thanks.