The Bailey family has moved to Fort Patrick because their military mom has taken a new assignment. Integrating to their new school is not going well – Tom has come into the sights of the school bully and Charlotte has fallen in with the popular girls, who seem to epitome the idea of mean girls, pitting Charlotte against Tom. Meanwhile, Rosie, their adopted sister, is not even trying to make friends, but she has found a mystery about dogs disappearing on base.
Each child’s problem individually is actually kind of interesting, but the mystery is lackluster – I can kind of understand not wanting it to take over as something scary, but it kind of became the point of the book. I would have rather had a book highlighting life on a military base for a family, without the pseudo mystery.
EL – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher