By: Tiffany Nicole Smith
Genre: Fantasy, Children's Book
Recommend to: Elementary & Middle School
Publication date: 11.14.2013
Amazon link: Burkley and the Beasts: The Sea Serpent
Date read: 4.22.2013
Recommended by: Read 2 Review
Summary: Burkley Brooks doesn't mind being a bit different. She named her pet boa constrictor Stella, even though it's a boy. She won’t eat yellow food, but must have something red on her plate. And she's fine with her nickname - Quirky Burkley. However, none of it's as weird as the strange things she's been seeing lately...such as snake tongues stealing bananas and reaching at her from inside the kitchen sink! Thankfully, her Grandma Brooks is there to explain these visions. Burkley has been chosen as the next Brooks to inherit the beautiful Heartstone, the key to a mystical Portal. Through the Portal lies a mysterious place called Mermaid's Lagoon, where Burkley's Grandpa Brooks and Uncle Charlie disappeared years ago. The first step to finding and rescuing them is a battle with a huge, fierce Sea Serpent! With a magical trident in her hands and her best friends at her side, will Burkley save the day?
Burkley never met her Grandpa Brooks or Uncle Charlie, but she has always been curious about how they went missing. One day, after telling her Grandma about seeing things no one else can see, she finds out the real story behind the disappearances - and her family. Soon she is off on an adventure with her best friend and her cousin to try to save them.
This was such a cute story and a fun adventure. I really liked the portrayal of the characters and how they interacted. The artwork on the cover and at the beginning of each chapter really added to the book as well. I can't wait to read about the rest of the adventures Burkley must go on in order to get her Grandpa and Uncle back home where they belong.