Wednesday, August 8, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: THE POSTCARD

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The Postcard mystery review
THE POSTCARD
Tony Abbott
Little Brown and Company
2008

Available: Kindle hardcover, paper back, audio

When thirteen-year-old Jason's grandmother dies, he and his father head for Florida to sort out the things she's left behind. The unexpected trip does not fit in with his summer plans. He hates Florida, hates the chores, and hates the heat. To make things worse, he suspects his parents are splitting up. Strange people show up at the funeral. Then there's the weird phone call that leads him to an old postcard and a magazine story. Suddenly he's plopped into a murky mystery from his grandmother's past that is somehow connected to the present leaving him with two mysteries to solve. Both take him on an adventure that will reveal long-hidden family secrets.
THE POSTCARD is two mysteries in one. One, written as a contemporary story about a boy and a girl who find a mysterious manuscript. One, written in a hard-boiled detective style about romance, intrigue and danger. The reader must jump between the different plots, but it's worth it in the end. Mystery readers will enjoy the melding of the two styles.


TARGET AUDIENCE: Grades 7-9
MYSTERY / SUSPENSE: compelling and complex
KID APPEAL: Strong




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