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Book Review

This book has been reviewed by Focus on the Family Thriving Family, a marriage and parenting magazine. It is the first in the "Boarding School Mysteries” series.

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Plot Summary

Twelve-year-old Jeri McKane lives far from home at Landmark boarding school. When her roommate, Rosa, and a van full of classmates vanish, the school and parents rush to solve the mystery of the girls' whereabouts. Jeri is confused by the headmaster's secretive behavior and the lies of the reporter who's called in to help crack the case. Eventually, Jeri feels God leading her to investigate a nearby abandoned house in the woods. There, she finds the girls and their missing teacher and uncovers the truth about their disappearance.

Christian Beliefs

Jeri prays often for God's help and guidance. She often recalls verses from the Bible when she needs wisdom. The story of Gideon serves as an inspiration to Jeri while planning an escape for her kidnapped friends. She decides to search the woods for her classmates because she believes she senses God telling her to look there — although she does question whether she's being guided by God or is just "doing something stupid.”

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Authority Roles

Jeri's mother lives far from her daughter; she is sometimes hard to reach because of her busy work schedule. She demonstrates deep concern for her daughter when Rosa goes missing, and Jeri's mother encourages Jeri with Scripture and prayer. The headmaster appears stern and secretive, even to the extent that Jeri suspects foul play.

Another teacher reveals to Jeri that the headmaster has had a tragic past and deeply loves her students. Mr. Langley, a wealthy parent who provides several scholarships including Jeri's, throws his financial weight around and is rude and critical in the midst of the investigation. He does indicate his gratitude to Jeri at the end, but he appears to do it more for a photo opportunity than out of sincerity.

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Readability Age Range

9 to 12

Author

Kristi Holl

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Publisher

ZonderKidz, a division of Zondervan

Released

On Video

Year Published

2009

Awards

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