Myra and the Magic Motorcycle #1: The Business in Bermuda Feedback and Reviews

"I loved reading your book Myra and the Magic Motorcycle book 1. My ... favourite things in this book are, the Magic ... and teaching me about helping others.

"I loved the Magic because it gave the book action. I also loved the ... travel because it gave the story a bit of extra detail. My last favourite thing was teaching me that there are people in the world that need help and I should help them.

"I loved reading this book and I am looking forward to reading more Myra adventures."—Sarah


"I think this is a great idea for a series of children’s books and all credit to the author, illustrator and publishers for producing such a delightful book! This is certainly a book and series I’d be advising primary teachers to check out.

"This is the first story in the adventures of an eight year old Australian girl called Myra who has recently moved home. Whilst exploring the garden shed she discovers a bright yellow motorbike which is just the right size for her! This shiny machine has some weird controls and there’s a key in the ignition. She just has to give it a try. That’s the start of an amazing adventure that will take her and her pet kingfisher, Diver, all over the world. In this story she’ll be helping a family in Bermuda.

"This is a bright, colourful, beautifully illustrated book which younger children will enjoy having read to them and more competent readers will really engage with. It is a great story, well written with characters children will readily engage and empathise. After the story the reader is encouraged to find out more about Bermuda, inside the earth and issues related to poverty. It could easily be used to promote discussions and awareness concerning geography (places and features of the world), interpersonal relationships and social integration. There are suggestions for parents and teachers at the end of the story and the delightful news that more adventures are being produced in this series. Highly recommend!"—Alyssa Schneyman


"This book is really great if you like motorcycles or mysteries. If you read this book it will be really mysterious and awesome. Myra moved to a new house and found a magic motorcycle. Her adventures started the moment she turned it on. First she pressed the Fusion Flight button and took a ride on a beam of light. Then she decided to check out the Globe Slide button. Whoosh, she travels through the earth to Bermuda. The Distress Detector takes her to a family that is poor and really needs her help. The story was magically awesome and we really loved the pictures."—Alyssa, age 10.


"At the end of the book the author poses the question of what the reader would suggest the use for six mysterious buttons would be. Alyssa’s thoughts for the mysterious buttons are: Invisibility, translator to talk with people and animals, a shape-shifting button to change the bike into something else like a submarine, a food and drink dispenser, rocket ship capabilities for outer space travel and a computer that can answer your questions.

"What a wonderfully fun and enlightening book. We absolutely loved the illustrations. While totally out of this world and over the top when it comes to reality Myra’s story is just perfect for entertaining and engaging a child’s imagination. The story takes a serious bent when it introduces the idea of poverty, need and another culture. I love the way Ms. Greenslade presented a very serious subject in a fun-loving way that engages children and encourages them to take action themselves. Although a few words proved challenging and a couple needed defining Alyssa had no problem reading the story and getting totally wrapped up in it. It was also an experience in learning the difference in Australian terms and spelling versus American English. All in all, I would highly recommend this series and this book in particular. What a wonderfully magical read! "—Jean Smith (Net Galley)


"Very cute & well illustrated book. Gave a good lesson on helping & thinking of others all over the world. Looking forward to the next one in the series."—Chris Hartman


"Fast, fun and unforgettable, this is a book that will surely delight readers, both children and adults that may read to them. First in a series that will leave everyone eager for more."—Suzanne Reuss


"From the very first page I loved Myra and the Magic Motorcycle and I immediately starting thinking of children who I could share it with.

"There are a lot of elements to the story, which means that children and their parents can enjoy reading the story many, many times and pick up new details each time.

"The illustrations are fantastic: the colours, the detail, the action and movement, and the hidden gems like a treasure chest and dinosaur bones buried deep within in the earth.

"The story does delve into serious social issues but it is not preachy or teachy; above all it is a fun adventure and I'm sure that most kids would love to jump on the magic motorcycle and experience the wonder of Myra's world."—Wendy Smith


"I received a free kindle copy of Myra and the Magic Motorcycle Book 1: The Business in Bermuda: Childrens Picture Book and Advanced Reader for Kids Optimised for Tablets Written by Amanda Greenslade, Illustrated by Glen Holman & published by Australian eBook Publisher from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

"I gave this book about a magical motorcycle & a trip to Bermuda almost four stars.

"Myra had a pet kingfisher named Diver. She imagines that she's coming straight to the finish line in a bicycle race. She found a bright yellow motorcycle in the shed & started it. It was protected in a slipstream & sped along a trail of light. She visited & helped a family in Bermuda. Since it was magic, no time passed & she was safe."—Carolyn Injoy-Hertz


"I enjoyed this Ebook, the drawings and colours were strong. The illustrations were useful as the author could then reduce her descriptions. As a result the story centred on the adventure and is likely to really appeal to a six or seven year old. I also like the idea of a book having a page of non-fiction at the end to give the reader some factual information as well. Background like this for stories I feel is one way of ensuring children continue to be curious about what they are reading, I hope they develop the habit of looking for more information for example in this case finding Bermuda in an atlas or on the globe."—Heather Wahl


"I think this is a great idea for a series of children’s books and all credit to the author, illustrator and publishers for producing such a delightful book! This is certainly a book and series I’d be advising primary teachers to check out.

"This is the first story in the adventures of an eight year old Australian girl called Myra who has recently moved home. Whilst exploring the garden shed she discovers a bright yellow motorbike which is just the right size for her! This shiny machine has some weird controls and there’s a key in the ignition. She just has to give it a try. That’s the start of an amazing adventure that will take her and her pet kingfisher, Diver, all over the world. In this story she’ll be helping a family in Bermuda.

"This is a bright, colourful, beautifully illustrated book which younger children will enjoy having read to them and more competent readers will really engage with. It is a great story, well written with characters children will readily engage and empathise. After the story the reader is encouraged to find out more about Bermuda, inside the earth and issues related to poverty. It could easily be used to promote discussions and awareness concerning geography (places and features of the world), interpersonal relationships and social integration. There are suggestions for parents and teachers at the end of the story and the delightful news that more adventures are being produced in this series. Highly recommend!

"Thanks to the authors, publisher and NetGalley, too for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review."—Elaine Brent


"I enjoyed this Ebook, the drawings and colours were strong. The illustrations were useful as the author could then reduce her descriptions. As a result the story centred on the adventure and is likely to really appeal to a six or seven year old. I also like the idea of a book having a page of non-fiction at the end to give the reader some factual information as well. Background like this for stories I feel is one way of ensuring children continue to be curious about what they are reading, I hope they develop the habit of looking for more information for example in this case finding Bermuda in an atlas or on the globe."—Heather Wahl


"Potential to be a great series that is fun to read and learn about other countries and ways to help others. I like the premise of the story, girl finds a magical motorcycle that takes her around the world to help others. I especially like the author's inclusion of information and teaching points for classroom use."—Saba N Taylor


"Myra is a girl who came back from school, went into the garage and found this blanket over a magical motorbike. She pressed a button and it flew her across the world to another country. She has to help a family that she finds there. She helps them because the dad is in hospital and the mother can't work and look after the children at the same time."—Nicole Gosling


"Excellent little book. My 8 year old nephew - who normally can't sit still - was fascinated by the motorcycle and its buttons. Its a really good book for children who may be struggling with reading or engaging with reading and potentially [as a teacher] I can see so many 'spin off' activities coming from this book."—Lindy Alfred


"Very colorful! The text was easy to read and there were not a lot of words on each page. As a teacher librarian I appreciated the factual end notes about the earth and Bermuda. This will hopefully create a spark to seek further information about those topics. My students and I will be eagerly awaiting the next adventure!"—Connie Seibert


"This is a great idea for a children's series. When Myra and her pet kingfisher, Diver find a magic motorcycle in the shed of their new house, their adventures begin. Not knowing what the buttons on the dash will do, Myra starts pushing them and ends up flying. When she pushes another, she travels through the centre of the earth to Bermuda. While she is there the motorcycle, having a mind of its own, takes her on an adventure where she ends up helping a family. The end of the book encourages the reader to learn more about Bermuda, the inside of the earth as well as the social issues of the rich and poor. There is also a website where teacher’s can get resources if they read the book to their class. A fun way to teach.

"I will review this book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as The Reading Room after it is released."—Carla Johnson-Hicks
"Excellent childrens book. Great illustrations, my 9 year old son loved the story and the illustration. Highly recommend."—Sonia Root , Book Junkie
"This book was perfect for my 7 year old son. He really likes books and vehicles so combining the two into one fun story hit the nail on the head!"—Karisa Shranko
"A beautiful story about an Australian girl with a heart of gold, who is ready and willing to help a family in need, with the use of her newly discovered magic motorcycle."—Nicole Armanno

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