Wednesday, April 30, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: THE LIGHT IN THE CELLAR


THE LIGHT IN THE CELLAR
Sarah Masters Buckey
American Girl, Inc.
2007

Available: paperback & Kindle

Molly McIntire & her friend Emily, a refugee from England, wish they could do something really important to help America win World War Two. Everyone is volunteering to help the cause. They want to be plane spotters or something else equally important, but they're stuck delivering magazines to patients at the Oak Knoll Hospital. It's not glamorous or exciting. And doesn't even feel close to being patriotic. Still, it is what they've been asked to do. They make regular visits to the hospital and talk to the patients even if it is a tad bit boring. And then things start to get interesting. When Molly overhears someone is threatening
to turn the cook over to the cops she begins to take a closer look at what's going on at the hospital. Are there traitors or spies at Oak Knoll posing as workers or patients? Molly and Emily have to find out, but their snooping puts them in serious danger.
This is a well-written slice of American history with a believable mystery woven through out the story. Both Molly and Emily are likeable, brave and determined detectives. Girls will really enjoy this story. It sheds light on the fears of espionage and what life was like during World War Two.


Target audience: Grades 5-7
Mystery / suspense: good
Kid appeal: Girl's 
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