Saturday, December 10, 2016

School Ship Tobermory by Alexander McCall Smith-ADVISABLE

McCall Smith, Alexander, School Ship Tobermory. pgs. 218. Penguin Random House, 2016. $15.99. Language: G, Mature Content: PG, Violence: PG

Homeschooled on a submarine, Ben and Fee McTavish are excited to go to school for the first time on a schooner. Tobermory Boarding School is not, however, what it appears to be. When a film crew appears to film a pirate movie on a nearby moored boat, 20 students, including, Ben are picked to be a part of the film. Having a bad feeling about the film, Ben and Fee delve into the mystery of the film crew, the legend behind the school and the moored ship, and more. What is the crew's true, nefarious mission? How does Tobermory play into it?

This quirky mystery has a great pace and a unique humor that keeps the reader wanting to read more. The characters are unique, well-developed, and add a lot of depth to the plot. This book is a great read for anyone who has ever wanted to go to school on a ship or who enjoys fantasy/high seas adventure.

EL, MS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Jessica M, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.

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