The Silver Box Book Review
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But first, let me tell you about The Silver Box by Margi Preus - which I'm hosting a GIVEAWAY for!! As part of this promo tour, we were lucky to receive all three of Margi's books in the Enchantment Lake Mystery series, and the giveaway includes all three books, too!
If you can't wait, or don't feel lucky today, you can find The Silver Box for purchase at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and Thrift Books. You can also add this to your reading list on GoodReads.com. Margi Preus guest blogged last week about Answers Vs. Questions in fiction writing if you'd like to check that out. You can also follow her online at:
Going back a little, I say "we received" these books because these middle grade novels were a fantastic read aloud with my children, who snatched them up from me the moment the last word slipped past my lips, so they could read on their own and experience it all again.
I rated all three books 4/5 stars. I've posted my reviews on Goodreads under my real name, as I do for all my reviews. Today, I want to focus on The Silver Box, as it's the newest installment, and in all our opinion - mine and the boys' - it was the best of the bunch.
First, it's important to know this isn't a mystery in the sense of Scoobie Doo, where clues are followed, analyzed, someone knows whodunit, and then the reader finds out.
There is a huge mystery in Francie's life. What happened to her mother? Now at seventeen, this mystery is starting to take on a dangerous role. She's been searching for a keepsake she's connected to her mother, and finally has it in this last book - but it doesn't hold the answers she has assumed it would.
In the Silver Box, Francie's curiosity and drive to understand her mother leads to irresponsible choices, for the best reasons, such as rescuing her brother Theo. She gets sent to Arizona by her grandfather, sentenced to community service by a judge, yet she knows what her goals are, and though she isn't always certain the right way to go about getting them done, she often stumbles in the right direction, or gets a lucky break.
The plotting in this book, for the most part, was spot on. We are led from one scene to the other, all with purpose and all with movement. My challenge comes at the end. The most intense scene ends on a perfectly acceptable end-of-chapter cliff hanger .... But then it just ends. We don't get to see the how the solution happens, and the one sentence segue is weak. We fast forward from that point to the final image where loose strings are tied, relationships are sorted out, and we learn that not all mysteries have answers. And as satisfying as that could be, you're still left with this buildup of tension and nowhere to put it.
My kids, 8 and 11, handled it by jumping up and down, and shouting out their theories, all of which were more comprehensive than what the author provided. And when I was done, they snatched up the book and put it on their bedroom bookshelf so it's no longer on mine.
*I received a free copy of the book for my honest review.* These books are a beautiful read, and I highly recommend them, particularly to middle grade readers.
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