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From the bustling streets of New York City to the cobblestones of Seville and the silver mines high in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, Carmen is off on another quest to stop VILE in this heart-pounding caper full of twists and turns! For centuries, the magnificent Throne of Felipe has stood with two empty spaces beside its famous silver arrow—spaces where the silver castle From the bustling streets of New York City to the cobblestones of Seville and the silver mines high in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, Carmen is off on another quest to stop VILE in this heart-pounding caper full of twists and turns! For centuries, the magnificent Throne of Felipe has stood with two empty spaces beside its famous silver arrow—spaces where the silver castle and lion should have been. And now, with the recent discovery of the silver castle within a secret vault in Seville, Spain, the hunt is on for the third silver icon. With all three pieces in the place, the throne will be enormously valuable—making it a hot item on VILE’s radar. Now it’s up to Carmen and crew to find the silver lion before VILE does, and protect the throne from winding up in the wrong hands.


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From the bustling streets of New York City to the cobblestones of Seville and the silver mines high in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, Carmen is off on another quest to stop VILE in this heart-pounding caper full of twists and turns! For centuries, the magnificent Throne of Felipe has stood with two empty spaces beside its famous silver arrow—spaces where the silver castle From the bustling streets of New York City to the cobblestones of Seville and the silver mines high in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, Carmen is off on another quest to stop VILE in this heart-pounding caper full of twists and turns! For centuries, the magnificent Throne of Felipe has stood with two empty spaces beside its famous silver arrow—spaces where the silver castle and lion should have been. And now, with the recent discovery of the silver castle within a secret vault in Seville, Spain, the hunt is on for the third silver icon. With all three pieces in the place, the throne will be enormously valuable—making it a hot item on VILE’s radar. Now it’s up to Carmen and crew to find the silver lion before VILE does, and protect the throne from winding up in the wrong hands.

30 review for Secrets of the Silver Lion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    This "novel" (novella) essentially reads like a long episode of the Netflix series, though I was confused as to when it was supposed to be set, since Shadowsan was no longer a member of VILE but wasn't working with Carmen (and was never even mentioned by name). Aside from the sometimes poor prose, the reason I knocked off a star is that Otheguy didn't capture the characters particularly well. Ivy and Zack's dialogue in particular sometimes sounded out of character. That being said, the adventure This "novel" (novella) essentially reads like a long episode of the Netflix series, though I was confused as to when it was supposed to be set, since Shadowsan was no longer a member of VILE but wasn't working with Carmen (and was never even mentioned by name). Aside from the sometimes poor prose, the reason I knocked off a star is that Otheguy didn't capture the characters particularly well. Ivy and Zack's dialogue in particular sometimes sounded out of character. That being said, the adventure itself is good, and while the info-drops are irksome, they're at least handled a bit better than in the show. (Not that they could be much worse.) For the show's fans, there's also a little bit of Player's history revealed. And while Argent and Devineaux are absent, as is Tigress, we get to enjoy rather a lot of time with my favorite minor character, Paperstar. But what really impressed me was the way the book addressed biracial identity and colonialism. These are topics not often addressed in kids' genre fiction, and Otheguy (or the powers that be) handles them simply, perhaps simplistically, but clearly. While the show occasionally tries to broach difficult topics, it usually ends up brushing past them to get on with the action, but here they're an inherent part of the story. As a lifelong Carmen fan, I'm still unhappy with the direction Houghton Mifflin has taken with the franchise, but taking that for granted, I think this book shows where the concept could be taken with some social awareness. I hope that awareness will become more a part of the show and the books moving forward.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Bloom

    Review from my 8-y.o.: “This is just a really, really good book!”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cande

    I'm not sure how I feel about this book exactly. I do think it accomplishes its goals; it feels like an episode of the show, it's fast paced, it has funny dialogue, and overall, a good feeling. But as the show, it gets very white very quickly and there are some plot holes that are huge. I mean, you can't really look that closely at the plot, or the story just crumbles. For a story that tries to tackle a deep message about identity, I found it very frustrating that makes a very easy explanation a I'm not sure how I feel about this book exactly. I do think it accomplishes its goals; it feels like an episode of the show, it's fast paced, it has funny dialogue, and overall, a good feeling. But as the show, it gets very white very quickly and there are some plot holes that are huge. I mean, you can't really look that closely at the plot, or the story just crumbles. For a story that tries to tackle a deep message about identity, I found it very frustrating that makes a very easy explanation about the colonization in Bolivia, the exploitation of Indigenous communities, and the way Spain monarchy stole the land. I understand this a children's book, but if it's not possible for the author to tackle with nuance the topic, well, better avoid it then. The way it's brushed aside and painted as less evil as it was, very disappointing. An arc was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This read like an episode but with added commentary. I love Carmen Sandiego but I think the tv format works better. I’d still give the graphic novels a shot.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Bartley

    Quick read. I loved the Netflix series and this book does a really good job of being a companion novel to the show in a way that doesn’t spoil it for people who haven’t watched every episode, but still delivers the same narration and fast pace style that it would if it was part of the tv series. It was made for an audience about twelve years younger than me, and I probably would have loved it way more if I were in the age range of the intended audience, but I did really like it and would read mo Quick read. I loved the Netflix series and this book does a really good job of being a companion novel to the show in a way that doesn’t spoil it for people who haven’t watched every episode, but still delivers the same narration and fast pace style that it would if it was part of the tv series. It was made for an audience about twelve years younger than me, and I probably would have loved it way more if I were in the age range of the intended audience, but I did really like it and would read more like this if more books were released.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Join Carmen Sandiego and her friends as they go on a caper, preventing V.I.L.E. operatives from stealing treasures! In New York City, Carmen attempts to protect the Throne of Felipe IV from being stolen, only to lose it to Paperstar. Now Carmen, Ivy and Zach must recover the Spanish throne with its silver inlay--and find the other two pieces of Bolivian silversmith work before Paperstar can! This adventure takes Carmen Sandiego and her friends around the world, learning about Spanish and Bolivian Join Carmen Sandiego and her friends as they go on a caper, preventing V.I.L.E. operatives from stealing treasures! In New York City, Carmen attempts to protect the Throne of Felipe IV from being stolen, only to lose it to Paperstar. Now Carmen, Ivy and Zach must recover the Spanish throne with its silver inlay--and find the other two pieces of Bolivian silversmith work before Paperstar can! This adventure takes Carmen Sandiego and her friends around the world, learning about Spanish and Bolivian history, geography, and more. An amazing media tie-in for the popular Netflix series, "Secrets of the Silver Lion" will make fans feel as if they are watching an episode. Or, perhaps more accurately, like they are Carmen herself, Player's voice in their ear, donning the trademark red fedora, and ready for adventure at every turn!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group - HMH Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This is my second Carmen Sandiego book this month and I am becoming more of a fan each time I read them. The book is just like the show on Netflix and all of the characters are more spunky and quirky in the books. Just like the show, this book glued my eyes to each page and when This book was received as an ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group - HMH Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This is my second Carmen Sandiego book this month and I am becoming more of a fan each time I read them. The book is just like the show on Netflix and all of the characters are more spunky and quirky in the books. Just like the show, this book glued my eyes to each page and when it ended I could not wait for more. I know our patrons will love this series and hope they have just as much excitement as I do. We will consider adding this title to our JFICTION collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Insm

    I honestly bought this book because my favorite character is in here: Paperstar. I really enjoyed the participation of El Topo and Le Chévre as well. As for the plot and as a latina myself I really loved how careful the book was with the historic events in the story of Bolivia and the Spanish colonisation. I'm giving it just 4 stars because some actions/ or dialogs were kinda off(?) It just didn't fit the character very well. That's it, and far from that, i really loved the book. I honestly bought this book because my favorite character is in here: Paperstar. I really enjoyed the participation of El Topo and Le Chévre as well. As for the plot and as a latina myself I really loved how careful the book was with the historic events in the story of Bolivia and the Spanish colonisation. I'm giving it just 4 stars because some actions/ or dialogs were kinda off(?) It just didn't fit the character very well. That's it, and far from that, i really loved the book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    This novel was an adventure that I was looking for from Carmen Sandiego and the gang. Ya, there were some issues, but this book is made for ages 8-12. As a Social Studies teacher, I would keep this on my bookshelf for my students. It has great geography and historical information about the subject of King Felipe IV, his throne, and the Spanish involvement in Bolivia. Nice and simple read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie M

    This book doesn't disappoint. This person who read it did the voices quite well. What I like about this book is that you can't easily guess what's going to happen in the end. In most mystery-type novels you know what's going to happen at the end, but this book has so many twists and turns that you can't possibly guess what's going to happen. This makes me enjoy the book even more. This book doesn't disappoint. This person who read it did the voices quite well. What I like about this book is that you can't easily guess what's going to happen in the end. In most mystery-type novels you know what's going to happen at the end, but this book has so many twists and turns that you can't possibly guess what's going to happen. This makes me enjoy the book even more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Eastman Turner

    I imagine if you've seen the show this would be a lot better. My kids enjoyed it and it talked about Potosi Bolivia 🇧🇴 quechua, Cerro Rico, el Tio, etc. so that was kind of fun but I didn't really get pulled in by the storyline. I imagine if you've seen the show this would be a lot better. My kids enjoyed it and it talked about Potosi Bolivia 🇧🇴 quechua, Cerro Rico, el Tio, etc. so that was kind of fun but I didn't really get pulled in by the storyline.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barred Owl Books

    An amazing book tie-in for the popular Netflix series, "Secrets of the Silver Lion" will make fans feel as if they are watching an episode. Or even like they are Carmen herself, donning the trademark red fedora, and ready for adventure at every turn! An amazing book tie-in for the popular Netflix series, "Secrets of the Silver Lion" will make fans feel as if they are watching an episode. Or even like they are Carmen herself, donning the trademark red fedora, and ready for adventure at every turn!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    Want to see more... Bookstagram Website Secrets of the Silver Lion was a cute short mystery with creative characters and entertaining story Want to see more... Bookstagram Website Secrets of the Silver Lion was a cute short mystery with creative characters and entertaining story

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Eh, ok. I wanted to few more nostalgia for the Carmen Sandiego of my childhood but it just wasn’t there. Recommend to kids looking for some light adventure.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Wingard

    Car listen with Stella & Iliana

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Baratta

    Carmen Sandiego fans should really enjoy this book. This audiobook was outstanding.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kenne

    I mean... it was okay. It's very obviously meant for children and because of that I think some of the clues suffered from being too obvious. I mean... it was okay. It's very obviously meant for children and because of that I think some of the clues suffered from being too obvious.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

  19. 4 out of 5

    One more, please!

    Educational, yet edgy. Carmen brings style back to the younger generation. I love this series and this story had great flow, interesting characters and a gripping plot!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Daniela

    This Story was good but did meet my expectation on how I look it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Latch

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daphne

  24. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Krunal

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ms. M Garrett

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Fontaine

  29. 4 out of 5

    Engel Dreizehn

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hari Kathrani

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