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Stinson, Kathy.

Toronto. James Lorimer, 1987. 118pp. paper, ISBN 1-55028-038-4 (cloth) 314.95, 1-55028-036-8 (paper) $5.95. (A Lorimer Blue Kite Mystery). CIP

Grades 2 to 5
Reviewed by Pauline Henaut

Volume 16 Number 4
1988 July

The author of the excellent picture-book Red is Best (Gage, 1984) has begun to write longer stories for older children.

Matt Randall's boring, lonely summer vacation is enlivened by the arrival of a mysterious postcard indicating that he should search for "a different sort of treasure" that will bring him "great pleasure." Matt is less than enthusiastic when he is joined in the search by David & classmate with whom Matt seems to have little in common. Their difficult, developing relationship provides one of the focal points for the story as the boys progress from one clue to another.

Although both boys and girls will enjoy this novel, it has particular appeal for reluctant male readers. They will appreciate the suspense created by the succession of clues and the tension between Matt and David as their prickly relationship grows toward friendship. The book's only weakness occurs in the area of characterization. It would be a more satisfactory reading experience if the characters had more depth and if we had been given a greater sense of their lives generally, rather than Just their involvement with the mystery.

Recommended, subject to the above reservation.

Pauline Henaut, New Glasgow Schools, New Glasgow, N.S.
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