This book features a hidden treasure, a secret crime, the precious eggs of a bird of prey. When Jan and Mari discover who is stealing and selling the eggs of a peregrine falcon, they find themselves in great danger. Only the Stokey Castle legend can help them - and the falcon will show them the way. Andrew Fusek Peters' and Polly Peters' exciting new novel revisits the Klecheks, a family from the Czech Republic newly settled in Shropshire. Ancient legends, villainy and a myriad mysteries are unravelled by teenage brother and sister Jan and Marie, whose quick wits and warm Czech family background made Roar, Bull, Roar such a strong opener for the Czech Mate Mysteries. But now Jan and Marie will need even greater courage and ingenuity to face the strange events about to happen...
"Falcon's Fury by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters features two Czech children who face down a class bully and her father, a battery-hen farmer. The story is exciting, and contains just the right amount of detection for the reader to do."
"Jan and Marie Klecek, whose first adventure was in Roar, Bull, Roar, are two Czech children who love learning to adapt to, and love, rural Shropshire. Despite living with their parents in the stately home of Lady Beddoes, they continue to struggle to fit in and face the bullies inside and outside of school. However, after the eggs of a peregrine falcon are stolen, Jan and Marie use their detective skills to try to solve the crime and recover the eggs. Falcon's Fury is a thrilling mystery to read and the children are very sympathetic and believable. The book also tackles the larger, and currently popular theme of man's exploitation of nature, whether falcon or battery hen. Momentum is maintained throughout the book, even when it is making a serious point about intensive farming."
"The second title in the series. A similar narrative structure, format and style is maintained, and young readers will no doubt find the familiarity appealing. Jan and Marie witness a peregrine falcon attacking a wood pigeon directly above them. An aggressive gamekeeper then chases them and it is Lady Beddoes who comes to their rescue. In this title, the internal story again parallels the main story: two giants, who are brothers, argue over a key and as a result the key is lost in a lake. The key is said to be guarded still by a peregrine falcon. Jan and Marie hear the story about the giants from the man they later learn in the gamekeeper's brother, Donald, when they visit the local castle. Donald and his brother each carry a stick bearing the carved head of a falcon; one brother is good, the other is not. The children know that falcon's eggs are being stolen and set out to find the culprit. The young reader vicariously participates in a dangerous adventure as the children bravely face their enemies, determined to succeed in their quest. Good and bad characters are clearly defined, as in the first title of the series, and various cultural and environmental issues are highlighted. The reader learns a great deal about Czech customs, food and language, while taking action to protect birds' eggs is shown in a postive light.
The main characters are allowed to develop within the well structured narrative. The authors have created adventure stories with meaningful plots and plausible characters which allow the young reader familiar with the series, the satisfaction of being able to predict the action."