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The Trespasser’s Unexpected Adventure -The Mystery of the Shipwreck Pirates’ Gold

Kids who Dare. Villains to Fear. Parents who Care.

Looking for popular, realistic fiction books for kids 9-12 years old? This is an appealing, heart-warming story with fun kids who go looking for friendship and find adventure and mystery they weren’t expecting.

Trespassing Logan gets caught out abseiling alone down a cliff by a girl who calls herself Captain Happy. She refuses to tell Logan her real name, and her fun-loving parents go along with the game. Baffled, Logan joins the mystery family for a day full of adventure. Not only are they mysterious, they are wealthy beyond anything he knows, as a race in a Ferrari proves.

As night-time approaches, they are joined by Logan’s foster family, including his two foster brothers, Cole and Nate, and foster sister, Poet. As the families enjoy stories around a campfire, little do they know they are being watched by two shipwreck pirates who want to land on their beach and smuggle in some shipwrecked gold into the very house Captain Happy is staying in.  The criminals are going to have to deal with Captain Happy, Logan and their families. It’s up to their ringleader to come up with a plan.

Unwittingly, the Crime Stopper kids walk straight into his trap and Cole is captured. Determined to get him back, the kids sneak through a tunnel that collapses on them. All looks lost when they are discovered and caught themselves by the ruthless pirates. Even Nate’s ninja-like martial art skills can’t help. How will they escape and capture the pirates now?

Paperback edition
13.97cm x21.59cm (width x height)
257 pages

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$22.00 inc. GST


The Trespasser’s Unexpected Adventure is the first book in series: The Crimes Stopper Kids Mysteries. This fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny story is popular with both boys and girls ages 9-12, and appeals even to reluctant readers.


Shaye Wardrop, Kids Book Review
The Trespasser’s Unexpected Adventure, The Mystery of the Shipwreck Pirates Gold is a wild ride packed with action, adventure and mystery.

It’s a story about family and friendship, finding your place in the world and learning not to judge people before you get to know them.

Logan doesn’t have the kind of family most kids have. He lives with his best friend Nate and his parents, plus two more foster kids adopted by Nate’s mum and dad. Logan loves living with Nate’s family, but he’s never really felt like he belongs.

When he decides to go rock climbing on private property, looking for some fun and maybe time to reflect on why his own father didn’t contact him on his birthday, Logan kicks off an adventure he never, ever expected.

The private property Logan goes to explore is a holiday home, and while Logan expected it to be vacant, it absolutely isn’t. He meets a family there — a family unlike any he has met before. But despite the fact he trespassed, Logan fits right in, and he has a great time at the beachside holiday home… until he starts to notice unusual things.

Like the boat that watches them from sea, an old coin in the basement and people acting strangely. Something is going on, and Logan is determined to figure it out.

This is a middle grade novel for kids who love lots of action and a mystery to solve. But it’s more than that. I love that the story dives deep into family life and the ups and downs of being a kid, particularly because it’s from a boy’s perspective, which isn’t something that is often explored in children’s literature.

This is a story about family and the variance in families. It’s easy to assume every family is the same. It’s easy to assume every family lives in the same kind of house and has the same kind of life. But the truth is every family is different, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Filled with action, adventure, mystery and heart, The Trespasser’s Unexpected Adventure, The Mystery of the Shipwreck Pirates Gold has something for every young reader.

And as the first in a series, it’s filled with characters kids can fall in love with and follow from book to book.

karen-cossey-author Meet Kiwi author Karen Cossey

Karen, who lives in Tauranga, has been writing stories ever since her primary teacher told her she had a great imagination when she explained that her math homework had been eaten by her pet cow. Stories were everywhere she looked, especially as she grew up in between the pages of books.

Her books have received Five Star awards, but the moment that truly made Karen proud was when her teacher friend announced at her School Assembly that she had bought two of Karen’s books (that she had read in class), for the school library and her class all started clapping and cheering. Awards are nice, but kids are better…because that’s why Karen writes—for the kids.

Find out more about Karen on her author page.


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