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I bought this by accident; grabbed it off the Award Winner list thinking it was the "Edgar Award Winner, Best Fact Crime, 2009" but in reality it was the "Edgar Award Winner, Best Juvenile, 2009."
Still, it was enjoyable, the kind of book I would've been all over as a kid. All the stuff that used to be my favorite plot devices: absent, distracted or "hands-off" parents, mysterious strangers with unknown motives, an attractive but initially stand-offish member of the opposite sex who becomes a trusted parter, and lots of clues that lead the two on a treasure hunt.
The treasure? Appreciating and understanding a grandmother's past in a way that helps a parent through a bad patch. The kids get to save the day in this story... but only if they can solve the mystery in time.
The narrator was pretty good. He often made me laugh at his portrayal of the main character's frequent bewilderment: "Whaa-aa-at?"
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This book is very well written for young teenagers. It's not for adults. It's refreshing in that it is a good mystery, well written. and has no explicit foul language or sex.
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