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Summary: School's out. Jeff, Mike & Dan are ready to leave homework behind and use their detective skills to find out what two mysterious men are doing on Battleship Island. The only thing slowing them down is Stanley, Jeff's cousin who is visiting for the summer. This is a fictional story with a sense of Civil War history that takes place on an island in Mobile Bay.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: This is a book that many young people can relate to. It's a A good book for children in third and fourth grade. Some parts could have been better explained and there should have been more
of a plot.
Adult Reader Reaction: This one will take you back to the days when you wanted to be a junior detective. It's fun and reminds you of the things you did (or wanted to do) on your summer vacation.
Pros: The story moves forward smartly, with just enough twists to keep you reading, but no so many that you have lots of loose ends at its close.
Cons: None, really. But what was that light at the Old Merritt House?
Borrow or Buy: Buy. The story reads like the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys books we read as kids…over and over, even after we knew the ending.