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Snatched (The Bloodwater Mysteries) Paperback – May 10, 2007
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As a former middle/high school teacher, I have consumed a great deal of juvenile and YA fiction. Frequently works written for a younger audience are dumbed down or "cuted up" which turns off already reluctant readers. In this case, however, Hautman and Logue write with respect for their audience and provide characters we can relate to, a fun adventure, and lots of laughs as Roni and Brian sort through clues while navigating relations with teachers and parents.
This work will certainly delight younger readers, but I also recommended it for adults. It would make an entertaining read-aloud selection for any Language Arts or Reading teacher as well as for any parent who wants to laugh and puzzle along with their child.
Bloodwater #1: Snatched provides us with a full-blooded male and female protagonist and with enough twists to satisfy the seasoned fan of the mystery genre. Despite a satisfying conclusion, this first installment leaves readers awaiting the next with anticipation.
This book could have been better than it was.
It had so much potential but it was almost as if the authors where afraid of getting too series. For example, when Alicia gets kidnapped Brain asks people why anyone would do that. His mother tells him for love, revenge, and money are the usual motivations, as well as parents kidnapping their children. All are true, but no one mentions or even hints at the other possibility, rape and murder.
This would not bother me if not for the fact this is considered a young adult book, and this is one example of many where the authors tip their toes into serious situations without really developing or creating real emotions beyond the obvious oh of course they'll feel that emotions. This lift the characters and the story a bit two dimensional for me.
I liked how the beginning was set up where Alicia was hurt and a man was standing over her, and then as the story develops it becomes obvious there's more to the story, but its never really developed beyond the 2-d. Things just happen and everything conveniently comes together. It didn't even feel like I was reading a mystery most of the time. All in all it could have been better but it wasn't.
Brian and Roni go to the same high school, but the only things they seem to have in common are frequent visits to the principal's office. Brian's a science nerd, and Roni is an ambitious reporter for the school paper. Alicia is a fellow high school student who has disappeared. This first in a series dubbed THE BLOODWATER MYSTERIES has Brian and Roni teaming up to solve the crime.
For mystery fans this book has it all. There is the big old family house connected to a possible curse. Part of the adventure takes the crime-solving duo to Wolf Spider Island to deal with colorful characters like Driftwood Doug and a butterfly collector named Mr. Nestor. Add in a wacky police department, suspicious high school thugs who key cars, and a trip to Nun's Island to search for a missing boat, and you have just a few of the adventures in this fast-paced book.
Pete Hautman, author of Godless and Mr. Was, combines talents with fellow Minnesota author Mary Logue, to create this new series. Fans of complicated whodunit tales will not be disappointed.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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It has mystery and action at every turn i recommend this book for anyone in 4th grade and up. Overall just amazing i read i t in 2 days non StopPublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love them
i read both stories and love the characters. i also enjoy reading about MN.
waiting for the next installment.
Roni, a nosy school reporter, and Brian, a guy that has a particular interest in science, get tied up in the mystery of finding Alicia Camden. Read morePublished on May 24, 2010
I'm sure the book is great, but my son had to pick another mystery to read, because it took 2 weeks to receive this book. Will check ship times more closely next time.Published on April 9, 2010 by P. O'Dorisio