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BOOK REVIEW: The Paradise Trap  

Posted by Scott Wilson

Title: The Paradise Trap


Author: Catherine Jinks

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

RRP: $15.99

ISBN: 9781742375748

Release Date: June 2011

Pages: 324



Description:

An exuberant, roller-coaster family adventure with a mad-cap cast of all-too-believable characters experiencing their dream holidays and worst nightmares.

Description

When Marcus and his mother arrive at the Diamond Beach Caravan Park, it is one big disappointment. For a start, it's nothing like the Diamond Beach that Marcus's mother remembers from her childhood, and Marcus can think of a hundred better ways of spending his holiday than in their crusty old caravan.

But it doesn't take long for the caravan to reveal its secret. And as Marcus is swept into the craziest, scariest holiday ever, he will need to use every ounce of his ingenuity to escape Miss Molpe's trap before it's too late...

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Catherine Jinks was born in Brisbane in 1963 and grew up in Sydney and Papua New Guinea. She studied medieval history at university and her love of reading led her to become a writer. Her books for children, teenagers and adults have been published to wide acclaim all over the world, and have won numerous awards. Catherine's most recent books include the bestselling Evil Genius series and her paranormal spoofs, The Reformed Vampire Support Group and The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group.

Catherine lives in the Blue Mountains in NSW with her husband, Canadian journalist Peter Dockrill, and their daughter Hannah.

Review:

Catherine Jinks is one of my favourite YA authors, so I thought I’d better put that out there at the start of the review, just to let you know that my opinion may be skewed pretty heavily towards the positive from the outset.

Jinks has a knack of writing a riveting and fast paced read aimed right at the forehead of the young reader, keeping them glued to the pages until the end, often at the expense of trivial other matters such as sleep or eating. I like the quirky characters and rollercoaster plots that Jinks pulls together for every book she writes, making it a pleasure and a constant experience to pick up her novels and sink your teeth into them.

When Marcus and his mother arrive at the Diamond Beach Caravan Park, it is one big disappointment. For a start, it's nothing like the Diamond Beach that Marcus's mother remembers from her childhood, and Marcus can think of a hundred better ways of spending his holiday than in their crusty old caravan. But it doesn't take long for the caravan to reveal its secret. And as Marcus is swept into the craziest, scariest holiday ever, he will need to use every ounce of his ingenuity to escape Miss Molpe's trap before it's too late ...

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