Racing for Diamonds (Orca Young Readers)
Anita Daher
Orca Book Publishers (2007)
ISBN 9781551436753
Reviewed by Anne Marie Medema (age 12) for Reader Views (4/08)

 

Anita Daher cleverly weaves a story of intrigue, filled with danger and excitement.  In the book “Racing for Diamonds,” Daher writes a story with a theme and location she is familiar with.  With descriptive vocabulary and flowing phrases, Daher makes the story come alive in the mind of the reader.  Daher wrote in a way that causes the reader to anxiously turn each page to the end.

“Racing for Diamonds” begins with our main character Jaz participating in a first-aid course.  Jaz is training to compete in a dog sled race in Canada.  In the race Jaz is paired with Colly, a master corporal.  She and Colly start out in first place in the dog-sled race and go through several checkpoints still in the lead.  Soon they meet up with Gunther, a diamond mine cleaner.  Gunther pulls the dog team of Jaz and Colly aside.  Gunther says he left town abruptly because his little boy named Luka was kidnapped by a Russian who wants all the diamonds.  The three of them meet up with the Russian and Luka.  It would be a fight, but fortunately the JCR Rangers approach in a helicopter looking for Jaz and Colly.  The JCR Rangers rescue Gunther and Luka.  The Russian is sent to prison.  Colly and Jaz do not win the dog-sled race.  But they do win Medals of Honor for rescuing Gunther and Luka.  Jaz and Colly are highly praised and commended for their bravery by the JCR Rangers.

I recommend “Racing for Diamonds” by Anita Daher.  It is a story targeted for young readers who enjoy adventure and action.   I enjoyed the setting of this story as it takes place in a part of North America I have never visited before.  Also, it enlightened me about what it is like to participate in a dog-sled race.    I liked how the author packed so much adventure into a small easy-read novel.  Hitch yourself into “Racing for Diamonds,” by Anita Daher, and get swept away into a snow-packed adventure.

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