Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael D. Beil –ADVISABLE

Beil, Michael D.  Summer at Forsaken Lake 336 pgs. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012. $12.13.  (Rating: G)

Nicholas spends the summer mirroring a summer his father spent in the same place. Forsaken Lake. Nicholas isn’t excited about staying with his Great-Uncle Nick, nor his twin sisters, nor being without technology. But he finds himself enjoying the joys of a simpler time –sailing, swimming, making boats, baseball. On top of that is a couple of big mysteries, a new friend Charlie, and some danger.

Despite the author playing out the idea of an ideal, magical, adventurous, nostalgic, and wholesome summer for a pre-teen boy…well I actually bought in and liked it a lot. Despite the fact that I have zero interest boats and baseball!! There was a ton of cool plot lines and mini-adventures to hold my interest through all the perfect summer fun. I think students will enjoy this book, especially since they can go and watch the authors own version of The Seaweed Strangler!

EL, MS –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie School Librarian & Author.
Here is the link to the video with sound --Cindy

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

I thought that I liked this more than students would, but it's been a steady circulator in my library-- especially since I did tell all the students about The Seaweed Strangler.