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Grade 7-11–Eleventh-grader Roni Delicata is the sometimes pushy but always dedicated reporter for the school paper, Bloodwater Pump. She meets science geek Brian Bain, 14, when both are in trouble with the principal. They discover that Alicia Camden, the snooty new kid who lives in a mansion with her cold mother and bland stepfather, has been kidnapped. Through sheer force of personality, Roni involves Brian in her determination to crack the case. Could the culprit be Alicia's stepfather? Driftwood Doug? And what about Alicia's unpleasant ex-boyfriend? There are several mysteries here, and some unusual twists. The mixture of suspense and humor is effective, particularly in the interactions between complete opposites Roni and Brian. The authors are able to manage the rapid unfolding of the plot while still allowing for character development. Ultimately, straight-arrow Brian decides that while Roni can be a bit of a pain, she is also a lot of fun. This mystery will likely appeal to older reluctant readers.–B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY
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Gr. 7-10. Two award-winning authors team up in this first entry in the Bloodwater Mysteries series. Set in Bloodwater, Minnesota, the story stars another team--two high-school students, a boy science nerd and a girl investigator for the school paper. Together, they have the right skills to question authority and pry into odd events. The spur to their detective work comes from Alicia, a mysterious, talented (she has the lead in The Crucible, a nice touch given what readers learn about her oppressive home environment) new girl in school, who disappears after getting into an SUV with a stranger. The authors skillfully weave two narratives together here: one following Alicia, the other following the amateur sleuths as they prod and joke with one another while trying to find the missing girl. Give this solid marks for plotting and characterization, as well as for suspense, which evolves not only from the disappearance but also from readers' growing realization of Alicia's plight at home. Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • Series: The Bloodwater Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (May 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014240795X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142407950
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christina Hare on September 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Pete Hautman has long been one of my favorite authors. I have since discovered Mary Logue and have become a fan of her exquisite Claire Watkins mysteries. Each author writes compelling fiction filled with sympathetic and sometimes off-beat characters. I was pleased to hear they had teamed up to write a new mystery series for younger readers.

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.
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Format: Paperback
Set in a small town in Minnesota, this mystery series features a girl detective/school newspaper reporter, Roni Delicata, who teams up with science geek Brian Bain, to solve crimes in their small town. In this book, their classmate Alicia, who lives in the fancy part of town and seems to have it all, has been beaten and then kidnapped--or so it seems. Roni can't resist sticking her nose in where it isn't wanted to solve a mystery, and manages to outsmart the police, with Brian at her side. Some violence in the story gives this mystery an edgier feel, suitable for slightly older tweens. A quick read, but with both humor and a darker side (child abuse enters into the story). Lots of action and a complicated plot will keep readers engaged with the story. There is a surprise, gender-bending twist in the story when the abuser turns out to be the mother rather than the stepfather, as we first think. This book is the first in a series featuring Brian and Roni. One nice aspect of this particular series is that, with a strong girl and boy character, it should appeal equally to both sexes. Pete Hautman has won a National Book award, among other honors, for his young adult novels; he is equally skilled at the mystery genre.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Found the writing OK. Didn't really like the "heroes" of the story, Brian and Roni. Didn't like their choices and behavior, Roni was a bit too pushy and self-centered. Also didn't like Alicia. The author sets us up thinking that she is being beaten by her boyfriend, then that she's been taken by a homeless person, which are a bit typical. It turns out that Alicia has made some poor choices. I think it could have been a better book. I ended up disliking it enough that I didn't finish it.
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Format: Paperback
EDIT: I found this in the YA section of my library and as such I'm reviewing it as if it was a YA book since I thought it was when I read it.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Alicia has been kidnapped. Can Brian and Roni find her kidnapper and save the day? That's the plot in a nutshell, but the complete mystery would fill a large, very complicated nutshell.

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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