Genre: Children/Young Adult/Mystery
Number of Pages: 204
Publication Date: July 21, 2016
Rating: out of 5
Themes: Friendship, Trust
Twelve-year-old Evan Peregrine is accused of the murder of his teacher. Due to this, he runs to his uncle to get advice of what to do next. However, when he reaches the island of Little Yarnmouth, all of its residing residents have disappeared without a trace.
With the help of a young girl, Nira, and a very odd, sewer-living man, Junius, the three uncover the truth. But, question is, will they be able to save Little Yarnmouth’s citizens? And will Evan be able to clear his name of being wrongfully accused of murder?
This was a pleasant read for me. It would be better suited for someone around 10-14 years old, but I like a good kids’ book every once in a while. The characters were developed well, the writing was easy and flowed nicely, the plot kept be guessing, and overall it was a read that had good plot structure.
I did find it a bit odd of how many murders happened throughout the book (not too graphically), and everyone seemed almost okay with it. Maybe okay isn’t the right word, but it didn’t seem like a very big deal. However, the perspective of the book was through Evan, and he was being chased down by the police. On top of that his uncle, along with the other citizens of Little Yarnmouth, were abducted, so that could explain why the murders were talked about, but sort of brushed off.
One of my favorite parts of the book would have to be Charles, the giant rat who liked to play catch. Would I want to meet him in real life? Absolutely not! But, I thought it was cute and a nice addition to the story – don’t judge someone/something just by their looks.
Another of my favorite aspect of the book is the fact that Evan has a prosthetic leg. It is only mentioned a few times, which I cannot help to think that this might have been intentional. Evan accomplished a lot throughout the novel, even with a prosthetic leg. This can be a great discussion with children about what people are capable of doing, even if they have a physical handicap.
Overall, a great read that I’m sure many preteens would enjoy.
*I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*