I received this book at no cost from the publisherThe Swallowtail Legacy: Wreck at Ada's Reef by Michael D. Beil
Published by Pixel+ink on February 1, 2022
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About the Book:
Title: THE SWALLOWTAIL LEGACY: Wreck at Ada’s Reef (The Swallowtail Legacy #1)
Author: Michael D. Beil
Pub. Date: February 15, 2022
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
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Punctuated with transcripts, letters, maps, black-and-white illustrations and more, The Swallowtail Legacy: Wreck at Ada’s Reef is a vibrant contemporary mystery with a classic feel exploring righting past wrongs, redefining family, and finding yourself.
Twelve-year-old Lark Heron-Finch is steeling herself to spend the summer on Swallowtail Island off the shores of Lake Erie. It’s the first time that she and her sister will have seen the old house since their mom passed away. And while her stepfather and his boys are okay, the island’s always been full of happy memories–and now everything is different.
When Nadine, a close family friend, tells Lark about a tragic boat accident that happened off the coast many years before, Lark’s enthralled with the story. Nadine’s working on a book about Dinah Purdy, Swallowtails’s oldest resident who had a connection to the crash, and she’s sure that the accident was not as it appeared. Impressed by Lark’s keen eye, she hires her as her research assistant for the summer.
And then Lark discovers something amazing. Something that could change Dinah’s life. Something linked to the crash and even to her own family’s history with Swallowtail. But there are others on the island who would do anything to keep the truth buried in the watery depths of the past.
A compelling and complex mystery with a classic feel, Wreck at Ada’s Reef is perfect for fans of The Parker Inheritance, Holes, The Westing Game, and anyone looking for a satisfying puzzle that stretches across decades.
★ “Each character, historic and contemporary, sparks with life. Lark’s process and the reveals are perfectly paced. . . . Most heartwarming, Lark develops feelings of loyalty toward her blended family and uncovers a surprising link to their property. Readers will be hooked—more, please!”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Lark and her sister Pip have inherited a house on Swallow Tail Island after her mother passed away. Their father is also gone but her mother did remarry and their stepfather and his sons have truly been loving to them. Lark is taking her mother’s death especially hard and at 12, she is acting out in anger. On the island, she starts to help her mother’s best friend research a book about a land dispute and meets Dinah who is at the center of the dispute. Dinah picks up on Lark’s anger and through her years at nonviolent protests, she helps her work through her mother’s death.
The story is a wonderful mystery and I read this in one sitting. I really like Lark and how she works through her grief with the help of some loving adults. The author really made the island come to life with the help of interesting characters. It is geared towards middle-grade readers but adults will love this one as well.
In a time not long after the fifth extinction event, Edgar Award-nominated author Michael D. Beil came of age on the shores of Pymatuning Lake, where the ducks walk on the fish. (Look it up. Seriously.) He is the author of the Red Blazer Girls series, Summer at Forsaken Lake, Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits, and Agents of the Glass: A New Recruit. For reasons that can’t be disclosed until September 28, 2041, he now lives somewhere in Portugal with his wife and their two white cats, Bruno and Maisie. He still gets carsick if he has to ride in the back seat for long and feels a little guilty that he doesn’t keep a journal. For more on the author and his books, visit him online at www.michaeldbeil.com.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE SWALLOWTAIL LEGACY: Wreck at Ada’s Reef, US Only.
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