Monday, May 27, 2013

Search and Rescue- Colleen Coble

My Rating: 5 Stars

Description: In "Rock Harbor Search and Rescue," a middle grade fiction novel based on Colleen Coble's bestselling Rock Harbor series for adults, kids will enjoy the mixture of pets, adventure, suspense, and a mystery.

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!

My Thoughts: This was an awesome children's book. I found myself completely engrossed in this story (one a few grade levels below anything I normally read). The setting was so easy picture: the water, the wind, the spooky nights. It had school rivalries and crushes, things my own fourteen year old sister is dealing with right now.

Emily is a good example for girls her age. She is mature and (mostly) level headed. All of her responsibilities, she takes seriously. Even with that, she still has issues and lessons she needs to learn. I loved this book, and will wait happily for the second.

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