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ISBN13: 9780385730693
ISBN10: 0385730691
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Sam is almost 11 when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack's room, and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped. There are lots of other words, but Sam has always had trouble reading. He's desperate to find out who he is, and if his beloved Mack is really his grandfather. At night he's haunted by dreams of a big castle and a terrifying escape on a boat. Who can he trust to help him read the documents that could unravel the mystery? Then he and the new girl, Caroline, are paired up to work on a school project, building a castle in Mack's woodworking shop. Caroline loves to read, and she can help. But she's moving soon, and the two must hurry to discover the truth about Sam.

Review:

"An engrossing examination of a profound theme in the deft hands of a discerning author." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"If [Giff] has tried to drive home a single point in all her stories, it is that ordinary people are special — and that children, most of all, need to feel that way." New York Times

Review:

"With elegance bestowed by the love and understanding of young hearts, Giff crafts an affecting story." VOYA

About the Author

Patricia Reilly Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Newbery Honor books, Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods. She lives in Trumbull, Connecticut.

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crowyhead, March 4, 2008 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a cool, suspenseful read by the author of Pictures of Hollis Woods. Shortly before his eleventh birthday, Sam is hunting for birthday presents in the attic when he comes across a mysterious newspaper clipping -- it seems to suggest that Sam's grandfather, Mack, might not be his grandfather after all. But Sam can't read more than a few words on his own, so he must enlist the help of his new friend Caroline in order to solve the mystery.

What really made this book enjoyable for me was the wonderful descriptions. Giff has a talent for capturing feelings that might be unfamiliar to the reader: the way it feels to look at writing on a page and not be able to form the letters into words or the words into meaningful sentences, or the experience of crafting something carefully out of wood. Despite the brevity of the book, her characters also feel like real, warm people that I would want to know.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385730693
Author:
Giff, Patricia Reilly
Publisher:
Wendy Lamb Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Reading
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Mysteries / Detective
Subject:
New york (state)
Subject:
Memory
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080108
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 8
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.36x5.84x.74 in. .63 lbs.
Age Level:
08-13

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Product details 176 pages Random House - English 9780385730693 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An engrossing examination of a profound theme in the deft hands of a discerning author."
"Review" by , "If [Giff] has tried to drive home a single point in all her stories, it is that ordinary people are special — and that children, most of all, need to feel that way."
"Review" by , "With elegance bestowed by the love and understanding of young hearts, Giff crafts an affecting story."
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