The Mystery of the Indian Carvings
The Mystery of the Indian Carvings by Gloria Repp was written primarily for middle school age readers, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story even though I am many decades past that age. Julie is a new Christian but she still struggles with her quick temper. JulieÃ¢ÂÂs stepmother does not want her around so she is sent to Bartlett Island, Canada, to visit her dadÃ¢ÂÂs brother and his family. Uncle Nate is working on a top secret project and he demands that the house be quiet at all times. His wife seems to be in a constant state of nervousness and his daughter lets Julie know in no uncertain terms that she does not want Julie in the house. To add to the problems, two very valuable artifacts are stolen from the house. Julie begins to wonder if maybe Karin is the thief for one of the items shows up in JulieÃ¢ÂÂs room. Julie loves the island and spends a great deal of time exploring with Siem, the dog, who seems to be her only friend. In her exploring she meets an Indian shaman who befriends her and she also becomes friends with the young Indian boy that Uncle Nate is tutoring. JulieÃ¢ÂÂs life becomes more bearable when she starts reading her Bible and praying to God for guidance in dealing with her cousin Karin.
As is normal for Gloria, she did an excellent job in developing all aspects of the book. I really enjoyed the characters for she described them so well that they came to life on the pages of the book and I even felt as if Julie were a dear little friend. The dialogue between all the characters was right on target and definitely what one would expect the character to say and their actions were true to life also. The scenes were so well described that at times I was right there in the woods with Julie exploring and getting lost. There were several twist and turns to the plot but all the loose ends were brought together for a very satisfactory ending that was a complete surprise to me but a happy one. I thoroughly enjoyed all the Indian lore that was included in the story. I had only one problem with the book and that was that it ended too soon. I certainly hope that the author will write a sequel for I want to know what happens between Julie and her cousin, Karin.
I highly recommend this book to any age over ten but even some younger readers might enjoy the book.
Thanks to the author, Gloria Repp, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
October 15, 2013
Not Just For Kids
Being cast off to an Aunt and Uncle that seem odd, and a cousin that seems to hate her, Julie seems like she doesn't fit in anywhere. She has a friend back home that reminds her to walk with Christ and rely on the Holy Spirit. While exploring the island, and trying to be helpful to her aunt and uncle and get along with her cousin, she learns about the Indian ways. There is a mystery to be unraveled regarding her uncle's job. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I recommend it for preteens, teens, and even adults that are just looking for a light but interesting read. (Think Nancy Drew set in Canada with an interesting fact or two.) I was given a copy of this book for my honest review. As a side note- I have read some other reviews that state this book was too preachy for them; God and church and a friend that is a Christian is mentioned in this book, but I did not find this to be a "preachy" novel at all, just a good novel with some Christian kids in it.
October 14, 2013
Mystery of the Indian Carvings - A real Treasure!
Julie hasn't much of a choice as to where she is to spend her summer. Her dad said she could go stay with her Uncle Nate on a Canadian Island or go to a summer camp for girls which was chosen by her step-mom but is really more like a boot camp for bad girls. So it looks like she will be staying at her Uncle's. From what she has been told the island is still inhabited with Indians and Uncle Nate is really into Indian Artifacts. So it might not be so bad after all. Besides her Uncle has a daughter her age
Things are not what she had expected. Uncle Nate stays in his office working. Her Aunt is always worried or upset about something and their teen daughter turns out to be just plain evil. But she does like their dog and she can tell he likes her.
Things are very mysterious in this house and on this island and she plans on finding out what is really going on because it is just too weird.
Will she be able to survive the summer on the island or will her dad end up taking her to the summer camp.
I liked that Julie was felt God leading her while reading scripture and she even claimed the scriptures and asked God to lead her in difficult situations.
I highly recommend this book and not just for children ages 9-12, I recommend it for ages 9 and up.
I received a free copy of this book from the author for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
September 5, 2012