The Legend of the Lost Tiki by Jan E. Culbertson

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MWSA Review

A Delightful Young Person’s Adventure Book Jan Culbertson has come up again with a great children’s book for those middle age children around 9 to 14 years old. His latest effort in a fine series of “Legend” books is called “The Legend Of The Lost Tiki.”  It involves the adventures of two sisters who go off to Hawaii and find a lost artifact.


The writing will hold the imagination of junior high school children and those a little younger,  who are good readers. The style is moving and action filled. The author allows the young reader to place themselves in the shoes of our young heroes through the way he weaves the storyline and the unfolding of the plot. I also think that this would be a good book to be read to children by adults or by older children.

I continue to be amazed at the vivid imagination of Culbertson. His books run the gamut of themes and genre. This book will make a wonderful gift for those young people in your life who you want to hook on reading books. It is just a little over 80 pages long and the vocabulary is not too difficult. Each page has lots of movement and the plot unfolds rather quickly.

Reviewed by: Bill McDonald (2006)

Author's Synopsis

 Bianca, Alyssa, and their mother set out for an adventure to Hawaii. The girls are eager to go swimming, attend a Hawaiian luau, learn to surf, and maybe do a little shopping. On the very first night, the family gets to attend a luau where the girls get to try out Hawaiian dancing. During the big event, the sisters also make a friend, Kaimi. Kaimi had sung a traditional Hawaiian song at the luau. This touching song told the tale of how the first Hawaiians came to the island and how a Tiki had been responsible for their safe journey. The saddest part of the song was that this Tiki had been lost and the Hawaiian people wished that someday it would be found. Perhaps the two sisters can help.The Legend of the Lost Tiki is quite enjoyable. The girls have adventurous souls and are always ready for a new adventure whether it is learning to surf or tracking down antiquity smugglers. What will Bianca and Alyssa do next?