Dive in to a Good Mystery

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“I have one very important question to ask you.” Professor Oliver Asquith’s searching gaze swept over the Malone family. 

“I have one very important question to ask you.” Professor Oliver Asquith’s searching gaze swept over the Malone family.  He lowered his voice.  “Are you afraid?”

 

In The Unseen World of Poppy Malone, The Malones, a family of detectives, spend a week on a houseboat on Lake Travis investigating UFOs above the lake.  Poppy Malone is a 10 year old girl, with the intelligence and curiosity bigger and stronger than anyone I’ve ever met. 

 

One day, while the rest of the Malone family is busy, Poppy paddles out in her kayak to a nearby cove.  She discovers something more amazing under the water than anything her family had been looking for up in the sky.  Poppy discovers a mystical world of mermaids in Lake Travis, and she can’t stop thinking about it.

 

Her sister Franny, on the other hand, is a 14 year old, typical teenager, who doesn’t even like water, and is not happy to be out on the lake with her family.  Franny is obsessed with fashion, and couldn’t control herself when she came across a mermaid’s magical cloak that transformed her into a mermaid herself!  All the kids in the story work together to cook up the perfect plan to get Franny back!

 

I loved this book and could barely put it down while I was reading it.  Suzanne Harper’s writing style is so descriptive that I felt like I was side by side, working with the Malones to solve this mystery the whole time.  She painted a picture of action and adventure in every chapter.  Until the very end, I wondered how they could possibly get their sister back.  I was on the edge of my seat the whole time worried Franny might not survive.

 

I recommend this book to good readers of any age.  There is no bad language, but there are some tough vocabulary words and figurative language.  This book is nearly 300 pages of mystery, with a good amount of humor sprinkled throughout.  Girls will most likely find the story more interesting than boys will because it’s about Mermaids.  I, personally, will never think about Mermaids the same way ever again!