Monday, August 12, 2013

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Rock Harbor Search & Rescue

Today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday features the first book in a new middle grade series by Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll.  The series is based on Coble's Rock Harbor series for adults.   Interestingly, Rock Harbor is a fictional town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that sits on Lake Superior. Pretty close to home for me. So, let's get to the book.

By: Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll
Thomas Nelson 2013

From Goodreads:

Emily O'Reilly is obsessed with all things Search and Rescue. She volunteers with the team and goes on rescue missions with her stepmom. She is even selling homemade jewelry to save up for her own Search and Rescue puppy. But when an expensive necklace is stolen from a renowned jewelry artist at Rock Harbor's fall festival and Emily is accused of the crime, it looks like she'll never get her puppy and be able to join the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team.

Emily isn't willing to give up on her Search and Rescue dreams that easily, and she sets out to find the real culprit and to restore her reputation. With a few suspects in mind, Emily is determined to uncover the truth, but she isn't prepared for the secrets she and the Search and Rescue dogs sniff out in the process. This exciting mystery is filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and have them pining after a Search and Rescue puppy of their own!

Why kids will love it - For those that love mysteries, especially girls, this is a great story. The twists and turns make it hard to figure out who the thief is until the very end.  It is also very "real" and I'm sure many girls can relate to Emily and her best friend, Olivia. 

What I learned as a writer - The more twists and turns, the more readers will keep turning the pages to find the answer to the mystery. It was also interesting to read how the blended families were handled in a middle grade.  It was nice to see a loving step-mom who was also loved by her step-kids. That can sometimes be hard to find in kids lit.

That's all I have for today. For other MMGM links, see the list to the right on my website. Have a great week!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.