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OF ICE AND ICING

Author: Cassi Vlk

Illustrator: Hannah England

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Publisher: Baker Trittin Press,

Material: paperback

Summary: Bromm Shattuck is 15 years old. He has been living with his aunt Melinda and her daughter, Vivian, ever since his parents were killed in an automobile crash. Aunt Melinda has managed B’s Gourmet Foods company since the crash. Bromm began to be curious about Aunt Melinda’s behavior and started putting things together. With some help from friends, Bromm may be able to solve the puzzle but it won’t be easy. This is a preteen mystery written by a high school student.

Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 9 to 12

Reading Level: 3.1

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: The author's style is direct and quick-witted, yet the novel is packed with action. The reader will try to predict what will happen next with Cassie’s suspenseful style. The book made me flip through chapter, wondering what would happen next. Ultimately, the novel made me nostalgic of the times I cooked in my mother’s kitchen and reminded me how curious teenagers can be. The characters in the novel seemed real as they went about solving the mystery. Bromm changed throughout the novel, beginning as a stereotypical popular teenage athlete who becomes a loving, enlightened young man. His metamorphosis was mainly influenced by Gayle, which teaches the reader a lesson that you should never judge a book by its cover. I especially loved the sharp and precise dialogue in the novel which highlighted the realness of the characters. When the athletic hockey players began to tease Bromm and talk among each other, the conversations seemed very pragmatic, making the slangs feel very authentic. Overall, I enjoyed the novel and I recommend it as a light read that keeps you flipping the pages until the ultimate problem is solved.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is the author’s first book, and she knows how to engage the reader immediately. Her readers will anxiously await her second publication.

Pros: This is a wholesome mystery adventure that everyone can enjoy.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Readers will find this mystery/adventure novel to be an enjoyable and fun read. Congratulations on a job well done.

If You Liked This Book, Try: NATHAN QUIST AND THE CURIOUS AFFAIR OF THE CRESCENT EARRINGS   WHERE WOULD COWS HIDE?   THE MISSING CANARY

Educational Themes: This is a book meant to be enjoyed for fun reading.

Notes: This book is one of the six 2007 Tweener Time Championship Finalists. The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - mystery, Christian, death and loss

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2009

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