Title: The Mystery on the Great Lakes
Author: Carole Marsh
Publisher: Gallopade International
May Contain Spoilers
From Publisher Website:
Christina, Grant, Mimi and Papa fly the Mystery Girl, and take the mystery boat, Mimi, to all the Great Lakes on a wild and watery adventurous mystery of shipwrecks, haunted lighthouses, and island intrigue! This mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that keep kids begging for more! Each mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, Built-In Book Club and activities. Each Carole Marsh Mystery has an Accelerated Reader quiz, a Lexile Level, and a Fountas & Pinnell guided reading level.
Ah, I was disappointed with this adventure featuring Christina and Grant and their vacation through the Great Lakes. I think I was disappointed because it was about the Great Lakes, and this time I didn’t feel that Carole Marsh captured the magic of these fascinating bodies of fresh water. I have lived in Michigan my entire life, and I have vacationed on most of the Lakes, so I am very familiar with most of the locations highlighted here, but other than Mackinac Island, I felt disconnected from the traveling aspect of the book. I did not feel that way while reading other books in the series, and I thought that the travelogue components of my previous journeys with Christina and Grant enhanced the mystery and the reading experience. It didn’t here.
The mystery was a disappointment, too. I missed Grant and Christina interacting with new friends, far more than I thought possible, and I missed the addition of the usual young locals as tour guides and companions in their adventure. As I write this review, I realize how much personality the other kids brought to the stories, and how much I enjoyed how they interacted. The mysteries caused them to bond together quickly, and it was fun reading along as they tried to solve the puzzles presented to them.
While I didn’t enjoy this book as much as others in the series, I am planning on visiting Las Vegas next with Christina and Grant. The Mystery of the Great Lakes was on the shelf at the library so I checked it out. Hopefully the bright lights and the city that never sleeps will be more to my liking than this one.
Review copy obtained from my local library