Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael D. Beil
Nicholas, Haley, and Hetty are being sent to spend the summer with Uncle Nick. He lives on Forsaken Lake and since their father will be Africa doing Doctors Without Borders volunteer work, they really have no choice. Their mother doesn't have time for them, Uncle Nick does. But who wants to go out in the wilds when there is so much to do in the city?
Knopf Books and Edelweiss let me read an ebook of this story (thank you). It will be published June 12th, so make a note on your TBR list and check with your local bookstore.
This story is written for ages ten and up, and it's got the flavor of stories written during the 1950's. That's a good thing, in my opinion. These children miss their parents, have no idea what they will do to amuse themselves, and they are trying to make the best of it. I mean, imagine not having a TV or a computer!
What they find is that Uncle Nick will teach them sailing, having a quiet life isn't bad and that their father made a movie during the summer he stayed there. Finding the movie gets them motivated to "finish" it for him. It also develops into a mystery that it takes them the rest of the summer to solve.
This is a good read with entwined family ties, an old mystery, and a little danger thrown in for spice. I enjoyed it and I think young adults will, too. There's even a possibility for a sequel if the author would like to develop it.
Why not share this adventure with your young one this summer?