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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: A freak accident leaves Anne stranded with an injured leg. Is it fate? Anne believe it is. With the help of the other two club members, Juniper and Gena, she sets out to discovery why she was injured and why she had to miss her much anticipated adventure at cheerleading camp. This is the fifth book in this middle reader mystery series.
Type of Reading: anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader, remedial reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 8 to 13
Age of Child: read by 11-year-old
Young Reader Reaction: This book was great. I really liked the fact that Anne kept searching for answers even though at first it seemed like there were no answers to find.
Adult Reader Reaction: the best story so far in the series. Enderle finally weaves a book that leaves a lot of tantalizing clues for younger readers to gobble up. I don’t think many young girls will predict the surprise ending. I can already hear the “Ah ha's.”
Pros: A solid story that will lead the reader wondering if the concepts of fate and coincidence are real.
Borrow or Buy: Buy it. It is a great story and one that can be read a second or third time.
Educational Themes: There are really no educational themes in this book. It does highlight the ability of children to find their own solutions to problems.
Literary Categories: Fiction - mystery, adventure, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2005
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