15. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Mystery

Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach, Antonio Javier Caparo (Illustrator) , 272 pages, read by Angie, on 10/10/2012

The Barker boys (Simon, Henry and Jake) have just moved from Chicago to Superstition, Arizona. One day their cat Josie runs off and they follow her up Superstition Mountain even though they have been repeatedly warned never to go into the mountains. They don’t find Josie but they do find three skulls lined up looking into a canyon. Back in Superstition, with new friend Delilah, they start researching the mountain and discover that lots of people have died and gone missing there. They go back up the mountain one more time to find the skulls and return them to town for identification.

This is a fast-paced mystery that I am sure kids will enjoy. I thought the mystery was a little too simple and obvious and wanted more character growth by the boys. In the beginning we are told that Simon is a know-it-all with a scientific mind, Henry likes to use big words and Jake doesn’t like to be called a baby and can go from happy to angry very quickly. Those characteristics didn’t really change at all throughout the book. I did like that the boys struggled with lying to their parents and not doing what they are told (even though it doesn’t stop them). I really wanted more closure for the ending even though I know this is the beginning of a series. Not bad but could have been better.

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