Friday, May 4, 2012

Missing on Superstition Mountain

Missing on Superstition Mountain
Elise Broach
Christy Ottaviano, 2011
$15.99, Hardcover
April 9th, 2012

Genre: Mystery
Age: 8+
Description: Simon, Henry, and Jack Barker are moving to Superstition, Arizona, a desolate town with not much to offer except the thrill of Superstition Mountain which all adults tell them not to explore. When Josie, their cat, runs away up the mountain, the boys follow and get in a canyon where they see three skulls. They want to know what the history is of the mountain but no one will talk. When they meet Delilah, also new in town, who returns their lost cat, they all decide to try and figure out what is up with the mountain. After a trip to the library turns up an old pamphlet about mysterious disappearance of people on the mountain—including accidental deaths and murders—they discover the history of gold mining in the area and the learn from the old head of the historical society about three boys from Texas who disappeared and were never found. Deciding to go get the skulls they get trapped.
Opinion: Sadly this book by Broach, author of Masterpiece and Shakespeare’s Secret, is not as strong as her previous award-winning titles. This was just an okay mystery. The most interesting thing about it was that it was based on the history of the real Superstition Mountain.

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