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Age: Under 18
5 Stars Out Of 5
A great mystery for young girls
July 26, 2011
Age: Under 18
McKenzie's Branson Brainteaser is written by Shari Barr. McKenzie Phillips is a 13 year old girl growing up in Montana. She lives with her dad, her mom, her 8 year old brother, and her horse Sahara.
In this book McKenzie and the rest of the Camp Club Girls are solving their first missing persons case. The Camp Club Girls all live in different states but they help each other solve mysteries. The girls first met at Discovery Lake Camp where they all shared the same cabin. McKenzie is in Branson, MO working at the Dixie Showcase, and playing at Silver Dollar City. Her friend Sydney lives in Washington, DC and is coming to visit her for a week. McKenzie and Sydney are staying with McKenzie's mother's friend, from college, who works at silver dollar city at the basket weaving shop.
McKenzie needs to help Shara Hayden find her uncle and tell him that his family has forgiven him before Sydney has to go home. Shara's uncle was tired of working in the family law business, and wanted to start a wood crafting business of his own . His family got mad at him for wanting to leave the business, and the only person who understood why he wanted to leave was his sister. He quit the family business and disappeared. He moved to Branson, where he started his own wood crafting shop. After he quit they never heard from him and did not know where he was. Shara Hayden was four when she last saw her uncle and now she is a teenager. She said her uncle has been gone for 14-15 years.
I could relate to McKenzie, because she has curly auburn hair and so do I. I like this book because it is a Christian mystery book and I love mystery books. My favorite part was the ending. I can not wait to read more books in the Camp Club Girls series.
Almost every mystery that is about a missing person is very interesting, and McKenzie's Branson Brainteaser is no exception. Although it was harder to really Ã¢â¬Ëget into' than other Camp Club Girls books are, once I read farther in, it became increasingly better. Shara, who is a teenager that McKenzie meets during her time in Branson, is there to find her uncle. When Shara was much younger, her uncle left to pursue his talent as a woodcrafter. Most of his family wanted him to be a lawyer, and were angry with him for choosing such a low paying career as a woodcrafter. Now, thirteen years later, Shara is in search of her uncle, who is rumored to be in Branson. But since she has a job in Branson that is keeping her busier than she had expected, McKenzie and Sydney are helping her try and find her uncle, whose name is Reggie Ford. One of the best things about this book, is McKenzie's deep desire to help her new friend find her uncle, who Shara has very faint, but happy memories of. McKenzie never gives up, (although she is close to it at times) on the thought of making Shara's dream come true of being reunited with her uncle, and presses on even when it seems like every clue leads to a dead end. The way that McKenzie and Sydney strive to do their best for the good of others is a great moral for this book, and will set a wonderful example to any girl who takes the path of adventure through these pages.
***Note*** I would like to thank Barbour Publishing House for sending me this book, free of charge for review purposes. Thank you!!