Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Atheneum (April 6, 2010)
Ben Pratt's harbor-side school is about to be torn down and replaced with an amusement park. At first this is of no concern to Ben but then his parents separate and he befriends the school janitor who gives Ben a precious coin telling him he needs to find a way to save the school and then dies! Now Ben and his best friend Jill embark on a mystery that gets weireder and weirder the more they unveil. Will they be able to save the school?
My Review: This was an interesting beginning to what looks will enfold into a wonderful childrens mystery series. Although I cant believe any kid would choose to not want their school transformed into a huge amusement park I believe maybe Ben really just needed this mystery behind the school being torn down to distract his depression over his parents sudden separation.
The characters are fun and pretty well developed with the story moving along at an easy pace with adventure on almost every page. The ending leaves lots of unanswered questions that will carry over into the next book.
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