Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave: The Shakespeare Mysteries, Book 1 Hardcover – September 4, 2012
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
Frequently bought together
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-This curiously old-fashioned mystery involves attempts by teenager Case and his younger sister, Colophon, to help save their family's publishing business. The extremely confusing beginning melds newspaper articles, events told by people centuries prior, and modern viewpoints. While the tale occurs in 2005, the line drawings contribute to the overall disorientation in the mix of past and present. The story is told from a number of perspectives as the Letterford siblings strive to overcome their mutual loathing and help their father find a way to keep the business afloat. If he cannot accomplish this, the company reverts to ownership by an odious relative. The plot is a bit far-fetched and the mystery is solved in a facile manner. The humor can be slapstick and silly but might appeal to some readers. Because the pacing is fast, this book may be enjoyed by reluctant readers looking for a traditional mystery. The author ends on an enigmatic note, presaging a sequel. One might have wished for more information about Shakespeare, who plays a key role in the whodunit.-B. Allison Gray, Goleta Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Twelve-year-old Colophon lives a quiet life in Manchester, Georgia, with her down-to-earth mother, her smirking older brother, and her kind father, who directs the family firm, a distinguished publishing house established in England more than 400 years ago. When a malicious distant relative threatens to seize control of the business, Colophon swings into action. Aided by her father’s eccentric cousin, Julian, she follows clues found in family artifacts and hunts in England for the elusive family treasure, hidden since the 1600s. A brief epilogue lays the groundwork for a sequel, and an appendix identifies the Shakespearean plays and poems referred to in the chapter headings. The always-entertaining narrative deftly switches back and forth between high-tension drama (Colophon and Julian searching a centuries-old English graveyard) and scenes of broad comedy (her brother helping her father woo best-selling authors). Geyer’s many handsome pen-and-ink illustrations help establish the tone of Hicks’ appealing first novel, a fine traditional mystery with a modern sensibility. Grades 4-6. --Carolyn Phelan
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
What's wrong with this book? To begin, the Mason character -Colophon Letterford (no explanation for the name) -is a 12yo goody 2-shoes with the personality of a mud puddle. She's boring; she likes doing homewortk, and she's smarter than the adults. Think Hermione Granger in book 1. I just can't see my kid liking this character. I didn't like her.
Next - the setting. Kids would not relate to the formal, hierarchical world that Colophon lives in. It's like a 1950s formality with social rules that kids would not be familiar with. Who has a formal library these days? Who gets a plate of cookies from their maiden aunt to eat by their own pond?
Then, the Shakespeare. The book is literally about small details related to Shakespeare's gravesite - not the man or his plays. If you have a kid who appreciates obscure details about English churches, this is the book for you. Otherwise...not.
Finally, the style is very Dan Brown-esque. Not the Dan Brown is awful, but there are only so many cliffhanger chapters I can stomach, and I'd prefer not to have kids adapt to that style.