About the Book
This Odyssey book series explores the history of the much-loved character John Avery Whittaker. The series introduces newcomers to the larger world of Odyssey. For readers who are already Odyssey-philes, the novels provide the history of the franchise’s most important character.
Whit and his family (father, Harold; stepmother, Fiona; half-sister, Charlie) have just moved to Provenance, NC, in the middle of the Great Depression. Harold will be teaching at nearby Duke University. Not-quite-10-year-old Johnny soon makes a friend in Emmy, who lives across the street and joins him in his adventures. At his new school, he encounters a bully who makes his life miserable, and he makes a new friend in Huck, the custodian. Both of them play key roles in the mysteries and action.
The central mystery in book 1 involves Confederate gold missing since the end of the Civil War and the question of whether Johnny’s ancestor was the coward and thief who stole it, as everyone believes.
I love Adventures in Odyssey, and wish they were around when I was a kid. Or at least, I wish I would have known about them lol. They are so fun to read for all ages really, yet educational at the same time. What’s even better is there’s a map in the front of the book! I am a visual person so I found this to not only be exciting, but extremely helpful in seeing the setting. I absolutely loved seeing a different side of Whit, and a different time in his life. Whether you’re new yo Adventures in Odyssey, or a vet, you’ll love this story. I encourage you to read it no matter how old you are. Read it with your kids, grandkids, neighbors, or church group!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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