From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8 In his fifth adventure, 13-year-old Finn Zwake and his mystery-writer uncle continue the search for his archaeologist parents who disappeared in Iceland eight years earlier, but who, according to their son, left clues as to their whereabouts. On his way to a remote island along Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where Finn hopes to find them, he is blown overboard in a storm. Washed ashore, the boy discovers that he is not alone. This desert island comes complete with a corpse, a mysterious stranger, and a band of modern-day pirates who have captured his uncle. Uncle Stoppard and Finn have 24 hours to find out who killed several members of the pirate crew and prove their own innocence. Although the story is melodramatic, far-fetched, and corny, mystery fans will have great fun with a plot that includes sharks, a sinister female pirate captain, deep-sea diving, and a sunken ship. The Coral Coffin ends with a cliff-hanger that leaves readers waiting for the next episode. -Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin
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