I enjoyed this adventure for young readers. It would make a great winter read as the action takes place at a ski lodge just after a big snow storm hits. Eric's family has taken over the lodge from his grandpa. They have had a couple of poor seasons and it looks like they may have to close down. When the village gets word of a stolen shipment of gold and thieves who may be coming their way, Eric and his friend are right in the middle of the suspense.
Although Eric is twelve years old, I would suggest this book to younger readers, perhaps eight to ten years old. The writing style is suitable for lower elementary grade readers. There are several good lessons in this novel. One is relationships between siblings. Another is recognizing when another boy might be acting out because of his home situation. When Eric understood why a boy had been a bully, he was quick to include him in future fun times.
I recommend this book to young readers who would like an exciting adventure with stolen gold, mean thieves, an avalanche, and more. While it is part of a series, it is a good stand alone story.
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/.
The Book Club Network, 136 pages.
I received a complimentary ebook of this novel through TBCN. My comments are an independent and honest review.