Friday, March 8, 2013
Book Review - The Secret of Maggie's Swamp
In this middle-grade mystery-adventure, a twelve-year-old girl discovers a grave injustice in the 1980s South when a neighbor is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Penny must find the courage to use her unique gift – her uncanny ability to foresee the future – to thwart a crazed desperado and find a treasure that will prove her neighbor’s innocence.
Poor Penelope Andrews. Her neighbor is being hunted, her friend is comatose after encountering a rogue alligator in a black-water swamp, and her mother has formed the wild impression that Penny has some sort of special gift from God! What else could go wrong? Oh yes: the FBI wants to speak with her. And, a dangerous criminal is stalking her.
“The Secret of Maggie’s Swamp” tells the story of young Penny and the courage she shows in dealing with these dynamic issues.
About the Author
PAUL A. BARRA is an award-winning author and journalist. He writes regularly for several national magazines and newspapers and has published six books. This is his first novel written specifically for young people.
My Take on the Book
I love a good mystery and this one lived up to my and my daughter's hopes. Not only do you get a great mystery that keeps you guessing, you also get some good characters that lead you through the adventure. Add on top of this a gift that Penny has that can get the two friends out of a number of scrapes and you get a great mix of mystery, adventure and suspense, which is a great combination in my book. Both my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this book and feel that you will too!
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