Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer CWay_RPEMS
Nicholas Mettleson is angry when he learns that he and his
younger twin sisters will be sent off to spend the summer
with their father's uncle in a small lakeside town in Ohio.
But, once they get there, it's hard not to like Uncle Nick
and his dog, Pistol. The summer seems to promise lots of
adventure, from the spectacular view from his bedroom to
Uncle Nick giving them sailing lessons on the lake. Nicholas
soon meets a friend, Charlie, who can throw a crazy curve
ball, and the two of them spend hours sailing together.
Then, Nicholas and his sisters find a secret compartment in
his room. In it is old film from a movie called The Seaweed
Strangler and a love letter from their dad to a woman named
Franny. Nicholas teams up with Charlie to solve the mystery
and figure out what connection his father has with the lake.
I really enjoyed this book. The plot is very suspenseful,
with unexpected twists and turns. I especially like how the
author develops the characters; each is described in
extensive detail. Charlie and the twins are both really
funny and sensitive. They have become my favorite
characters. The setting is vivid, colorful, and easily
pictured inside the reader's head. Overall this is a great
book, full of mystery and suspense. I recommend it to ages
10 and up.
Reviewer City, State and Country:
Baltimore, Maryland United States