Jason And The Deadly DiamondsBook
They embark on a fantastic journey to the tiny kingdom of Luxembourg in the late 1600s. Ruled by French conquerors, its people have never forgotten their ancient language or their hopes of regaining independence. Outside the city of Luxembourg, the kids befriend a group of craftsmen - people who help keep alive the ideal of independence. When the city's rich people visit on market day, Jason and his friends are asked to play their musical instruments. Assisted by the bugle's magic, they make marvellous music, and are invited to stay with the great engineer, General Vauban, who is building a vast series of tunnels under the city.
But Fabian, one of Vauban's officers, is secretly involved with an international ring of diamond thieves. He organizes a daring robbery and the people in the camp are blamed. Jason, Charlotte, and Squid have to prove their friends' innocence to save their lives. With the help of the bugle and a mysterious mermaid, Melusina, who holds in her memory the long and tragic history of Luxembourg, they uncover secrets hidden deep in the tunnels. But the odds are against them. Will they be enough of an advantage to save the day?
Linda Hutsell-Manning is the author of Jason and the Wonder Horn and a number of other juvenile fiction titles, including Dinosaur Days, Animal Hours, Cooling Off, and Wondrous Tales of Wicked Winston. Born in Winnipeg, Linda Hutsell-Manning trained as a teacher and has lived in many Canadian communities.