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Summary: Do you believe lightning can strike the same place twice? Once you start reading this Sam and Stephanie mystery, you’ll quickly become a believer in lightning’s ability to hit a target more than once. In the process of finding a topic for a history report, Mr. Snider, an elderly friend, told Sam and Stephanie about “Haunted Hill,” a place with a very sinister and murkey past. At Mr. Snider’s request, Sam and Stephanie go on an expedition to photograph the eagles nesting on Haunted Hill. While there, the two friends get trapped in a cave and find evidence that will solve some old and new crimes. But can they get out and, if so, can they get to the police before the criminals get away? This is the second title in the Sam & Stephanie Mystery Series
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, advanced reader
Recommended Age: read together: 9 and up; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 9 and up
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The author knows how to attract and fascinate his audience and has provided them with an exciting and enjoyable read.
Pros: It is a top 10 read for juvenile fiction/adventure/mystery. The characters are believable and likeable. The plot and its intricate twists and turns, keeps the reader glued to the page.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a book that readers will immediately enjoy and tell their friends about. They will read it several more times, just for the fun of it. Get it for your book shelf at home, the school library/classroom, and your local public library.
Educational Themes: Themes that could be developed from this story are: (1) importance of friendship; (2) care and concern for one’s fellow-man; (3) problem solving; and (4) decision-making and the consequences of decisions.
Literary Categories: Fiction - mystery, adventure, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2006
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