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Hiding Carly, A Sean Gray Special Junior Agent Mystery (Sean Gray Junior Special Agent Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 28, 2013
About the Author
Ann Eisenstein grew up on a farm in Sidney, Ohio, where weekly trips to the library made it possible to explore and dream about the world beyond. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, graduating with a BS degree in Education, with an English and Journalism minor. She taught elementary school in Ohio and California before obtaining her MEd. in School Psychology from Wright State University, Fairborn, OH. As a psychologist, she served in school systems in Texas, California, Michigan, and South Carolina, in an adolescent psychiatric treatment facility, in private practice, and for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. She taught Psychology at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC. She currently lives in Columbia, SC where she enjoys writing, drawing, gardening, wildlife, and her pets. Hiding Carly is her first juvenile fiction.
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Sean comes across as a typical teenager, full of conflicting emotions and curiosity. Things get complicated when a mysterious girl moves to town, and he finds himself drawn to figure out her secrets with the help from, no less, the boy who has taunted and bullied him the whole year.
The story was entertaining; however, most definitively suited to the teen and pre-teen age groups.
The characters of the story are well developed, and you find yourself revisiting some of those adolescent emotions. The conflicts Sean faces are credible and pertinent to the times.
The plot was believable, and the twists and turns were a perfect reflection of the twisted and ever changing emotions teens’ experience.
Style/Voice: I liked the style and writing voice of this book. It is through Sean’s eyes we take this journey through adolescence. A soft-spoken boy, I liked him immediately. He reminded me of so many of the young people who have passed through my life. The author captured this age and the conflicting emotions perfectly well.
Finished Product: This well-edited book was an easy read, and would be an excellent choice for your teen.
Hiding Carly: A Sean Gray Junior Special Agent Mystery (Sean Gray Junior Special Agent Series Book 1)
This book has a lot to offer. It has wonderful writing to it, with a lot of plot twists that will keep the reader glued to the page right up to the end. The characters are life like and seem to jump off the page at you.
If you start this, I can promise you won't be sorry I know I wasn't.
Unfortunately, I came close to giving this book only 2 Stars because it was written so confusingly. Maybe it was just my download, but I got lost several times when there was a sudden scene change right out of the blue from one paragraph to the next. NOTE TO AUTHOR: It would help your readers immensely if you would leave a double-space or something between scene changes. Several times I was following the story along just fine, and then suddenly in the very next paragraph the characters were somewhere else, talking to someone else, or starting a completely different day with no warning. If I, as an adult, had trouble figuring out what was going on, then I imagine younger readers would find it even more confusing. The ending was rather disappointing, as well.
WARNING - SPOILER ALERT: I still don't see how the bad guy happened to be where he could witness the father's murder so he could blackmail the agent. Even more, if the agent was willing to murder his partner, why would he allow the witness to stay alive all this time to threaten his safety? END SPOILERS
All in all, not a bad juvenile level story. I'd recommend it more if the confusing parts were cleared up.
As a teacher, I know children in middle school will enjoy this book!
Most recent customer reviews
Sean was cool guy. The more I learned about him, the more I liked him.Read more
He said he really enjoyed that the mystery was not typical of other stories he's read in the past.