Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Eye of Midnight by Andrew Brumbach - OPTIONAL

Brumbach, Andrew The Eye of Midnight 243 pgs. Delacorte Press, 2016. Language: G (0 swears) Mature Content: PG Violence: PG 

Maxine has been sent to her grandpa's house for the summer while her mother recuperates from a sickness.  When she arrives, she is surprised no one is there to greet her but when she finds the library filled with books, she makes herself at home until her cousin, William, arrives.  He has also been sent to spend the summer with grandpa.  Grandpa still hasn't shown up so William and Maxine set out to explore the house.  Imagine their surprise when they find a secret door leading to a room filled with artifacts, ancient weapons, and other relics.  Maybe summer won't be so bad.  When grandpa does show up he is acting mysteriously and whisks them off to the city where they are ambushed and he is kidnapped.  Maxine and Williams don't know what to do next until they meet Nura.  She is also looking for their grandpa and has a package for him.  She has secrets of her own, but do they have any choice but to trust her to help them get their grandpa back? 

Well written, and filled with non-stop action although very little character development; however the kids are smart, resourceful and believable.  I imagine this would appeal to those that like a mystery and love the action with a little 1920's New York thrown in the mix.  The author includes a glossary in the back to help with some of the slang for that time period, as well as, some of the foreign terminology which might be helpful  but most won't see it until finished with the book.  EL, 

MS - OPTIONAL Reviewer: RB

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