This story is aimed at boys around 10-12 years old. The characters are a group of boys about that old who have an exciting adventure that begins by them seeing something mysterious happening in a grave yard when it's dark. By design and by accident, the boys get deeply involved in a mystery that involves bad guys and a drug smuggling ring.
This story takes place in Chicago and there are some interesting scenes of the boys on the train, at the zoo, and having other adventures in the city. There is some humor in the book as some dumb jokes are told. These jokes deal with death and dying and I felt a little uncomfortable with them. That aspect of this book may make it not appropriate for a young person who has recently lost a loved one or was otherwise confronted with death. There is, on the other hand, some serious discussion about death, such as it is only the shell of the person in the casket. There is just a mention or two of Christian ideas, perhaps enough to cause a reader to ask questions about the soul and salvation.
There are lots of adventure in this novel for young readers. Parents may want to evaluate the topics addressed in the book when considering it for their children.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Max Elliot Anderson grew up as a reluctant reader. As an adult, he writes books with a view to helping young people make good moral decisions. You can find out more at http://booksandboys.blogspot.com/.
TBCN, Inc., 128 pages.
I received a complimentary ebook of this novel through TBCN. My comments are an independent and honest review.