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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Martin McMillan and the Sacred Stones is a children’s adventure by Elaine Russell. Martin vacations in Scotland with his friend Isabel, her father, James, and Moira, James’s girlfriend. Moira gets assistance from Professor Duncan to decipher her Scottish ancestor’s Gaelic notes that she found, and the teens decide to help solve the mystery too. Although the professor translates a few notes, Martin and Isabel suspect he is withholding information from Moira. When they realise they are being followed everywhere, Martin and Isabel become suspicious of the new friends they have made. Their research reveals that Moira’s ancestor was a member of the ancient Druid culture on the Isle of Lewis and he hid a valuable legacy for his descendants to find. However, there are people who will do anything in their power to prevent Martin and Isabel from continuing their sleuthing, so they can claim the treasure for themselves.
This is a delightful story by Elaine Russell for children in the 9-13 age group. It is volume 3 from the Martin McMillan mystery/adventure series and readers will adore the main characters, Martin and Isabel. Isabel can be a little headstrong at times while Martin appears mild-mannered, but he is definitely a strong, brave character. I like the story and think the main theme, which focuses on the Druids and Gaelic traditions, is very interesting and educational. The cover illustration is also fantastic. Martin McMillan and the Sacred Stones is an exciting, fast-paced adventure that will take readers to historic places across Scotland with two daring teenage sleuths.