Reviewer Chris Phillips: Chris is a veteran editor for friends
and family as well as most of his employment positions. He often
finds himself reading a book and correcting problems he discovers,
even after their works have been published by well-known
publishers. Chris enjoys writing to authors, when
possible, and discussing problems he has seen in the reading of their
work. And as he states, “there is always the chance for great
intelligent conversation whenever creative minds get together.”
Author: Linda A. Krug
Publisher: Outskirts Press
What does a boy do when he loses all that he knew in the matter of a few hours? What does he do when he has to move in with his Aunt and Uncle and start settling in? Nate has these experiences. They all seem to stay with him through the dreams he has every night. Uncle Nick and Aunt Nora are understanding and the perfect fill-ins.
Nate moves in and finds that the dreams keep occurring. He is trying to adjust but falls into a mystery. The building, Stonewood Sanitarium, is old and foreboding. There is a big mystery around why it was closed down and the new, adjacent facility was built. There are rumors to keep everyone excited. There are scary people, like the security guard for the new facility. Nate investigates and finds yet another, newer mystery with clues coming from the strangest places and encounters. Lives are threatened and friends are made all in the strangest ways.
Krug has written a good young adult mystery here. She creates genuine characters and realistic, but exciting situations. The plot goes at a good pace and keeps the reader interested. There are surprises and scares throughout the book. The delivery and the final outcome provide enough to entice readers to wait for the next book by her.
This book is recommended for every young adult, but particularly boys looking for some adventure on that rainy afternoon. Adults would enjoy it as a light read.
The only recommendation for the author and publisher would be to put it in regular paperback size for convenient transportation.
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