Summer at Forsaken Lake

Summer at Forsaken Lake

Book - 2012
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Twelve-year-old Nicholas and his ten-year-old, twin sisters, Hetty and Haley, spend the summer with their Great-Uncle Nick at Forsaken Lake, where he and their new friend Charlie investigate the truth about an accident involving their families many years before.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012.
ISBN: 9780375867422
Characteristics: 336 p. ;,21 cm.


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Aug 27, 2012

This is a great summer book. Michael D. Beil proves once again he can create awesome relatable characters. Just enough nostalgia to entice readers.

lmn14x Jul 13, 2012

I hope no one would really name their twins Hetty and Haley, and having a 'Nick' and 'Nicholas' tripping over each other throughout the story was annoying. Too bad the boy wasn't named after his father Will instead! Sometimes the author's story-telling technique is a little heavy-handed and 'my, aren't these kids cute', but the novel is interesting and realistic, a nice change from the usual magicians, demons, knights, and Greek, Roman, Scandinavian etc. gods and goddesses over-populating kid's stories lately. The author gets in a couple of recommended titles, too, as one kid or another discovers a good book over the summer.

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Jul 21, 2014

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 10


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Jul 21, 2014

With their father en route to Africa for Doctors Without Borders, city-kids Nicholas and younger twin sisters Haley and Hetty are off to spend the summer with their Great-Uncle Nick at his house on Forsaken Lake. Despite some initial doubts, Nicholas is right at home in the country: he learns to sail, learns about his father as a boy, and makes fast friends with a local-girl, the tomboy Charlie.

The summer takes a turn toward the mysterious, though, when Nicholas discovers an old movie that his father made as a boy: it tells the story of the local legend, The Seaweed Strangler, but was never finished. Before long Nicholas wants answers both about the legend, and about the movie. Together, he and Charlie work to uncover the truth and discover some long-buried family secrets along the way.


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