Scandal at The Reindeer Flying Academy by Maxine Sylvester / #Review @flyingronaldo

Ronaldo the Flying Reindeer #5

When his Wing Commander is fired, Ronaldo discovers foul play. Can he find proof and prevent a sinister reindeer from taking over the top spot?

Ronaldo is keen to impress the new cadet in class with his super-fast runway speed, but a tumble leaves him humiliated. When an officer questions him about the incident, he lies.

The lie has disastrous consequences for the officer and when she is relieved of her duties, Ronaldo feels responsible.

Heartbroken and wanting to put things right, Ronaldo uncovers a dastardly plan to overthrow the officer. But he needs evidence and time is running out.

Who will believe a young flying cadet who tells lies?




Ohhh, this is such a great new book in the Ronaldo series;

One of Cupid’s arrows seems to have hit bull’s eye. It went straight for Ronaldo’s heart and he was dressed to impress. Due to nerves everything does not quite go the way he had planned it, but will he be able to capture her heart anyway?

Sometimes you tell a lie, because you feel ashamed. It will get you nowhere except in trouble. This is something Ronaldo will experience first hand too, but Ronaldo would no be Ronaldo if he would not do his utter best to rectify the situation.

It was a cosy mystery book for children who like a bit of sleuthing. With some people you get what you see. Others are not so transparent though…

I really enjoyed the other books of the series, but I have to say this was my favourite one.

Looking forward to read his next adventure. 5 stars.

Thank you, Maxine Sylvester


About the author

I was born in Hounslow, Middlesex in the south of England. As a child, I loved drawing and took private art classes with a wonderful teacher called, Pearl Lee. She had an abundance of Disney magazines, and I would paint the characters on wood, card, canvas or anything else I was allowed to use, including walls.

When I was nine, my mum took me on holiday to Majorca. I clearly remember being fascinated by how other people lived outside of England. Travelling became my new obsession.

After Sixth Form College, I intended to go to art school, but my travel bug got the better of me and chose to work as a holiday representative in Greece instead. This was followed by seven years working on cruise ships, two years in Israel and Palestine, and six years in Russia and Armenia. Although I lapped up the different cultures, I found my work over the years very unfulfilling. I decided to dig out my Caran d’Arche pencils, and do something about it!

I enrolled in The College of Cartoon Art and was mentored by the renowned caricaturist, Steve Chadburn. I created a character called Ronaldo and decided to write a short story about him. Before I knew it, my head was spinning with ideas and the first book, The Reindeer Flying Academy, went from a small picture book into a fully blown chapter book … but more importantly, I loved every minute of the writing and illustrating process.

Nowadays, I live in Bali, Indonesia, with my amazing partner, Mark, (Bristol born and bred) and am currently illustrating the third book for the Ronaldo series, Rudi’s Birthday Extravaganza.

I am still a self-confessed Disney geek and get excited as a five-year-old whenever a new Disney animated film comes out. I love the Disney theme parks and have visited Orlando, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo – California and Shanghai are next on my bucket list.

I have an unhealthy fondness for pizza and chocolate but a healthy love of Pilates – I like to think they balance each other out.

And finally, I am a lifelong Arsenal supporter … although sometimes I wish I wasn’t!


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