Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach

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It’s summer and the three Barker brothers—Simon, Henry, and Jack—just moved from Illinois to Arizona. Their parents have warned them repeatedly not to explore Superstition Mountain, which is near their home. But when their cat Josie goes missing, they see no other choice. There’s something unusually creepy about the mountain and after the boys find three human skulls, they grow determined to uncover the mystery. Have people really gone missing over the years, and could there be someone or some thing lurking in the woods? Together with their new neighbor Delilah, the Barker boys are dead-set on cracking the case even if it means putting themselves in harm’s way.

Here’s the first book in an action-packed mystery series by a New York Times bestselling author.

Missing on Superstition Mountain is a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Fiction title for 2011.


About Elise Broach

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Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of books for children and young adults, including Desert Crossing, Masterpiece, and Shakespeare's Secret, as well as several picture books. Her books have been selected as ALA notable books, Junior Library Guild selections, an E. B. White Read Aloud Award, and nominated for an Edgar Award, among other distinctions. Ms. Broach holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University. She was born in Georgia and lives in the woods of rural Connecticut, walking distance from three farms, a library, a post office and two country stores. Antonio Javier Caparo has illustrated many books for children, including the Magic Thief series and The Young Reader's Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream. He lives in Montreal, Canada.
Published June 21, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 288 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Broach brings her customary skill to this first of a projected series, articulating the boys’ personalities, sketching out adults (Mrs. Barker, a medical illustrator, is the most interesting) and adding the evenhanded Delilah.

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Broach follows her acclaimed Masterpiece with an exciting adventure set in a real-life Arizona mountain range that boasts numerous legends about colorful historical figures, unsolved murders, strange disappearances, and rumors of a hidden gold mine, which entices fortune-seekers despite the mount...

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The next day, the rowboat turns up again, and soon the bear is back by his own waterfall, the boy and dog are pelting along their home beach and the rowboat is bobbing away on the waves, headed for further escapades.

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I love the idea of having individual books solve a mystery and also be building blocks for a larger mystery solved over the course of three books, but it's so hard to plot.

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