Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael D. Beil

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With their father en route to Africa for Doctors Without Borders, city-kids Nicholas and younger twin sisters Haley and Hetty are off to spend the summer with their Great-Uncle Nick at his house on Forsaken Lake. Despite some initial doubts, Nicholas is right at home in the country: he learns to sail, learns about his father as a boy, and makes fast friends with a local-girl, the tomboy Charlie.

The summer takes a turn toward the mysterious, though, when Nicholas discovers an old movie that his father made as a boy: it tells the story of the local legend, The Seaweed Strangler, but was never finished. Before long Nicholas wants answers both about the legend, and about the movie. Together, he and Charlie work to uncover the truth and discover some long-buried family secrets along the way.

In this lovely middle-grade novel, Michael D. Beil has invoked one of his own favorites, We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea, as well as other great summer books of years-past.

About Michael D. Beil

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MICHAEL D. BEIL teaches English at a Catholic high school in New York City. He is the author of three installments of his Edgar Award-nominated Red Blazer Girls mysteries, with a fourth in the works.
Published June 12, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 338 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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These involve an unfinished Super 8 film entitled The Seaweed Strangler, a sailboat that eerily appears each morning at 2:53, a boat accident that caused Nicholas’ then–14-year-old dad never to return to Forsaken Lake and a letter that hints at a long, unrequited love between Nicholas’ dad and Ch...

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vanished.” The tower room Nicholas sleeps in has surprises, too: a secret compartment in the wall yields an old letter, an old notebook, and an old movie film canister, all of which stir up memories and mysteries and interwoven lives in this small town, in a richly developed plot with characters...

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Portland Book Review

I didn’t tell anybody, especially the twins, but there is another secret compartment in the tower room.” While on the surface this tale seems like an idyllic summer with a touch of mystery, it also touches on hardships like divorce, illness, and storms both literally and metaphorically.

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There is very little down time in this book and the ending is a perfect fit to the story What didn’t you like about the book?

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