Book Review: Summer Of The Woods ( The Virginia Mysteries Book 1)

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Book Title: Summer Of The Woods

Author: Steven K. Smith

Publisher: MyBoys3 Press

ISBN: 978-0-9893414-1-7

Language: English

Genre: Fiction/ Mystery

Pages: 142

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

Available On: Amazon

Hello My Readers,

Today I will be reviewing a book “The Virginia Summer Of The Woods” which is Book 1 under the series of “The Virginia Mysteries” I have recently gotten from my son’s bookshelf. I have gifted this book to my son Divik 2 months ago. His curiosity to get rest of the books in series pushed me to grab the book from his bookshelf and give it a read. Eventually I too become fond of Virginia Mysteries series. So here goes my review without spoiling the climax of the tale.

About Author

Steven K. Smith is the author of 3 series, The Virginia Mysteries, Brother Wars, and Final
Kingdom these series are exquisite for middle-grade readers! He lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife and three sons. Born and raised in rural northwestern New Jersey, he moved to Virginia in 2011 and quickly fell in love with its history and charm.

His books in the popular series of Virginia Mysteries are:

The Virginia Mysteries Series
Book 1 – Summer of the Woods
Book 2 – Mystery on Church Hill
Book 3 – Ghosts of Belle Isle
Book 4 – Secret of the Staircase
Book 5 – Midnight at the Mansion
Book 6 – Shadows at Jamestown
Book 7 – Spies at Mount Vernon
Book 8 – Escape from Monticello
Book 9 – Pictures at the Protest


The Book Summer Of The Woods is the story of “Derek,” 10, and his younger brother “Sam,” 8. In this installment of the series, they’ve recently relocated to Virginia, where they’re living in a forest house with something amidst; a priceless 60-year coin collection that’s been stolen from a neighboring museum. This remote escapade is packed with unexpected turns and astonishing revelations. There’s no time like now! Take a look at the book and see how these two boys manage to overcome all of the challenges that stand in their way.

I highly recommend this authentic reading for many reasons, primary it contains many learning opportunities about many coins an example of them is the Indian Head cent of 1877.

This book is perfect for people that want an original taste of Indiana Jones in their reading collection, and furthermore, kids of all ages can love this book with up to 101 pages of pure fun, and suspense. Addition to this it is a diverse undergo when you read it for the first time.

Secondary, being at home most of the time it is getting harder to grab a taste of the outside world and if you are a reading lover this will fill in that spot for you!


  • Diverse, it branches out in a lot of topics like, character development, facts and evidence, no loopholes(That weren’t answered in the series), and a well tied together experience, bringing joy to a reader’s bookshelf
  • Enriching experience, it provides information and lessons that can be used in the real world,(like to look before you leap and such.) or just to share an interesting fact to your friends and family.
  • Versatile Age Group, whether you are a senior, or a elementary grade kiddo you are sure to enjoy this group, it combines the mystery genre well with a good reach of an audience.

As for the misses, I did not find any misses this book did a good job captivating my attention!

Final Verdict

Overall, I like this book and am looking forward to finishing the series and providing you with more delectable reviews! This novel kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, leaving me wondering what would happen next. This is a great book to add to your collection of anecdotes. On the basis of easy to understand language with the standard set of vocabulary, I would like to rate this book 4 out of 5.

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39 thoughts on “Book Review: Summer Of The Woods ( The Virginia Mysteries Book 1)”

  1. Even I pick few books from my kid’s shelf to get the innocence and chirpyness in life. Heard a lot of this series, thanks for the detailed review, shall check this book and add in next year TBR

  2. Thanks for this. Very interesting and timely. I am always on the lookout for good books for my son and this seems like a good series. I ordered for him some Enid blyton series recently but he seems to have grown out of them. No worries, I enjoyed reading them! But these look like a good alternative especially since my son loves history.

  3. I haven’t heard of these series but your review sounds very interesting.I am sure your son is captivated by these books.I am so happy that you have given him the reading habit.

  4. Wow virginia mysteries series looking like a great series with collection of so many interesting books. my little one is an avid reader, will surly check out this series for her. thanks dear for sharing your honest review.

  5. I guess my daughter is slightly older and my son is too young for this book😊. But I am going to keep in mind for gifting purpose. Already holidays season is coming and I am sure I can use this series.

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  7. Your review suggests that this book is ideal for children and adults as well. Obviously the books have done well, considering that there is a whole series. Reading has become even more vital due to the pandemic. Thank you for this review.

  8. You’re so right. Reading right now is not only helping with distracting from the world beyond it is also helping in travelling to unknown worlds.

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