Wreck at Ada's Reef

  • Type: Books
  • By: Michael Beil
  • Age Category: Children
  • Genre: Mystery & Suspense
  • Recommended by: Tom S.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781645950486
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Mystery on a Lake Erie island!

Twelve-year-old Lark is still grieving the death of her mother when she is forced to spend the summer on quaint Swallowtail Island with her stepfamily. Even though Lark has fond memories of the island and the beach cottage that has been in her mother’s family for generations, she plans to mope her way through summer and ignore her stepfather’s goodwill gestures. But things begin to change when Lark lands a part-time job with an investigative reporter who is looking into a mysterious boat crash that happened many years before. The accident turns out to be more than a simple historic curiosity: a group of unsavory real estate developers will benefit if the true story is never revealed, putting Lark and her employer in danger. Although this story is set in modern times, it has a charmingly old-fashioned feel: a plucky girl sleuth, family secrets hidden in old books, kids with lots of downtime riding around on bikes, heroic horses, an exquisite old maritime clock, and a sharp-as-a-tack nonagenarian fighting to keep her property. This is the first book in the series "The Swallowtail Legacy".