Legend of the Star Runner: A Timmi Tobbson Adventure (Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries for Kids 8-12)

Legend of the Star Runner: A Timmi Tobbson Adventure (Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries for Kids 8-12) review and summary


J. I. Wagner (Author),


Age Range: 8 and up
Series: Timmi Tobbson Adventure
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: freshabooks (May 22, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10:<



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"With the exuberance of a caper, determined protagonists, and a message steeped in family legacy, this is a splendid homage to adventure." - FOREWORD MAGAZINE - 5 out of 5

Unravel &apossolve-them-yourself picture mysteries&apos and uncover the Legend of the Star Runner!

Following the clues concealed within a centuries-old family legacy, Timmi Tobbson and his friends hope to save a dear friend. But only twenty-four hours remain to unravel the legend of a long-lost pirate ship, buried somewhere deep beneath the city streets. Unbeknownst to them, their search awakens a mystical dark power, sworn to protect what is hidden on board the once famous Star Runner.

Mysteries to Solve

The adventure is divided into 31 concise chapters, each of which ends with a puzzle to be solved by finding and interpreting visual clues concealed within a beautiful color illustration. Suited for explorers and sleuths young and old. Children under 8 years may need assistance in solving some of the puzzles. Grade level: 3rd and up.

Beautiful Color Illustrations

Legend of the Star Runner gives readers the best of both worlds, merging the visual appeal of a graphic novel with text-based storytelling&aposs power to spark imagination.

Fun Facts

The illustrations of most Timmi Tobbson characters were inspired by actors and/or their fictional characters from well-known movies.
  • Marvin was inspired by Gaten Matarazzo&aposs performance as Dustin in Stranger Things.
  • Sir London was inspired by Christopher Lloyd&aposs interpretation of Dr. Emmet Brown in Back to the Future.
  • Lotterlulu was inspired by Johnny Depp&aposs character Jack Spar
Legend of the Star Runner: A Timmi Tobbson Adventure (Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries for Kids 8-12) review and summary

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Foreword Reviews Magazine (scored 5 out of 5)

  • "A splendid homage to adventure"
  • "A visual feast"
  • "Large-hearted"

A spirited trio of kid sleuths undertake a classic treasure hunt in J. I. Wagner's Legend of the Star Runner. Taking its inspiration from video games and cloak-and-dagger mysteries, this story for middle-grade readers is a visual feast.


Lilli's grandfather is facing eviction. With the prospect of a pirate's treasure guiding them, she and her best friends, Marvin andTimmi, set out to find the loot to rescue him from his debts. A large-hearted, naïve, and wildly improbable plot delights as the fearless team - led by a treasure hunter - lands in a series of underground worlds.


Several twists and turns hinge on pure luck, timing, and uncanny perceptions. A reliance on video-game staples, including hidden passageways, trapdoors, puzzles, maps, and multiple-choice paths, sometimes threatens to turn the book into a high-concept maze. Still, what the story misses in the depth of its background, the illustrations make up for; they are smart compositions using chromatic palettes and feature clues. From a cluttered kitchen to the check-in desk at the Savoy to a wall of keys at an archive, scenes set a distinct mood for the story.


The tone is wisely calibrated; it's neither overly terrifying nor overly lighthearted. The perils the group encounter pose enough danger to build suspense yet leave room for escape. There's seldom doubt that the kids will prevail, considering their Holmesian knack for observation; the book's pleasure rests in their citywide ranging that peels back history to reveal the secrets of a legendary pirate embedded in their midst.


A list of fun facts lists the book's film influences, which include Pirates of the Caribbean, and a section of hints offers insights written in reverse. With the exuberance of a caper, determined protagonists, and a message steeped in family legacy, this first in a planned series is a splendid homage to adventure.


Reviewed by Karen Rigby

May/June 2018


Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. No fee was paid by the author for this review. Foreword Reviews only recommends books that we love. Foreword Magazine, Inc. is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Legend of the Star Runner: A Timmi Tobbson Adventure (Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries for Kids 8-12) review and summary

Legend of the Star Runner: A Timmi Tobbson Adventure (Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries for Kids 8-12) review and summary

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My son really enjoys this book. He is a beginning reader and really enjoys the short chapters followed by a visual puzzle or logical conclusion. The story is creative and interesting and I plan to buy more copies to gift to friends. Highly recommend.@@@@Great Adventure Awaits!

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I love this book. My kids love this book. It is an adventure story that requires using some creative puzzle solving to figure out the puzzles presented to the reader. Excellent variety of puzzles that require a bit of lateral thinking. The characters are great, and overall the story is just wonderful. I truly hope there will be more like this to come!@@@@like a mix between Indiana Jones and The Goonies

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My son devoured this book. The story is captivating, like a mix between Indiana Jones and The Goonies, and the puzzles are great fun. I was planning to let him read one chapter a day (it is a chapter book) but he ended up reading several. He is not a big reader but the mix between two-three pages of story followed by a picture mystery did the trick.@@@@Good Story; good puzzle

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I love this book. My kids love this book. It is an adventure story that requires using some creative puzzle solving to figure out the puzzles presented to the reader. Excellent variety of puzzles that require a bit of lateral thinking. The characters are great, and overall the story is just wonderful. I truly hope there will be more like this to come!@@@@like a mix between Indiana Jones and The Goonies

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This book is awesome. My 5 year old absolutely loves scouring the pictures for clues to the adventure while I use the text to further her reading skills. This book is so much more fun, and cooperative, than just grabbing a book from her book nook to read to her.@@@@Very intriguing

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This book is awesome. My 5 year old absolutely loves scouring the pictures for clues to the adventure while I use the text to further her reading skills. This book is so much more fun, and cooperative, than just grabbing a book from her book nook to read to her.@@@@Very intriguing

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My 8 yr old loved reading this together. We would solve a mystery or two every night; she hated it if we missed out, wanting to double up the next evening. Nice memories to have! :)@@@@

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My son really enjoys this book. He is a beginning reader and really enjoys the short chapters followed by a visual puzzle or logical conclusion. The story is creative and interesting and I plan to buy more copies to gift to friends. Highly recommend.@@@@Great Adventure Awaits!

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Definitely worth a read.@@@@Great book

Legend of the Star Runner: A Timmi Tobbson Adventure (Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries for Kids 8-12) review and summary




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