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The Timberline family makes a weekend getaway for a visit to a gold exhibit but it leads to a search for a stolen gold nugget and danger for the entire family.
I didn't want to move to Colorado. I didn't want my dad to die or my mom to ever get married again either. And I sure didn't want her to get religious all of a sudden. But all those things happened to my brother and me, so I guess you'll just have to get used to it like we did.
My name is Ashley Timberline, and my younger brother (by 57 seconds-but he's still younger) is Bryce. We're almost 14, if 217 days is almost. Our last name used to be Bishop, but our new dad adopted us, so now we've got his name. Good thing Mom didn't name me Fern or Tabby. Imagine that with my new last name. Mom said we didn't have to take the new name, but I would have felt bad hurting our stepfather's feelings.
My youngest brother, Dylan, who is four, was born before our real dad died. He's a pain, but he's a lot cuter than Bryce, and I can get him to do stuff just by offering him a couple of Smarties.
We also got a big sister thrown in with our new dad. Leigh's 16 and learning to drive. She has a boyfriend named Randy, but Bryce and I call him The Creep. He's actually kind of cute, with hair he never combs and big muscles. But we give her a hard time about him anyway.
Randy played on the varsity football team in the fall and now varsity baseball this spring. He's always getting his name in the paper, and once there was a picture of him making a big tackle. I wrote "The Creep takes down his opponent" underneath it, and Leigh got mad. Not as mad as the time Bryce dipped her hairbrush in the fish tank, but mad enough to tell her dad. He came in and sat on my bed and grinned for about five minutes, then left.
The hardest thing we've ever done is move from Illinois. When we drove away from our little house, it seemed like we left every friend we'd ever had. The new people were already moving in, which was sad. We'd written our names in the cement by the driveway. Half of Dylan's car collection is still buried in the backyard. The cheap swing set my mom bought at a garage sale is still under that big, leafy tree.
My friend Carolyn said she was jealous of me getting to move out west, making a new start. I would have traded places with her in a second. There were enough new things going on without having to move 1,000 miles. Mom said "the Lord" was guiding her even back then before she knew him. But whoever the Lord was, he wasn't doing anything but making me cry myself to sleep in the backseat of our Ford Taurus Wagon.
I stopped sobbing when we hit the Illinois/Iowa state line and snorted myself to sleep. I woke up long enough to eat in Missouri, then cried again after dessert-a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard. Bryce didn't sleep at all and said I didn't miss much on the drive, except a guy hitchhiking near Salina, Kansas. Bryce said the guy had a beard longer than we were tall and he was sitting by a dead deer with a banjo. (The guy had the banjo, not the deer.)
When we got to Colorado, the first thing Dylan did was throw up. That made me think things were going to be really yucky here, but Mom said it was only the altitude-living so far above sea level where the air is thinner. Less oxygen for some reason. If you ever come here, you might throw up too.
A year later Mom fell in love with The Cowboy, as we called Sam back then. They were married, and we moved to his place. Then Mom became a Christian, and not because of our new dad, because he wasn't-and isn't-one. Bryce and I thought Mom was just going through a holy phase, but when it stuck, we got interested too. Finally, Bryce and I became Christians.
I thought I'd always been one, but that's another story.
Excerpted from HAUNTED WATERS by JERRY B. JENKINS CHRIS FABRY Copyright © 2005 by Jerry B. Jenkins. Excerpted by permission.
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Posted June 15, 2012
This was a fun short adventure novel with a ending that makes you want to get the next
book. I got this book from Amazon.
Love the characters. Seem real to me and kept my attention.
A mom and her three kids move to colorado. She is a writer and has a new husband.
Her first husband was killed in a plane crash. She was pregnant with thier third child
at the time. The oldest are twins.Ashley and Bryce Timberline they are 13.
They now have a older step sister and a new stepfather.
Thier is a bully at school that is threatening them. He wants to take their 4 wheelers
that they ride to school each day.
They go with thier stepdad for a weekend getaway to see some of Colorado history and to bond. When a musuem gets robbed the day they are thier.
It gets dramatic but in a good way. I will read more books like this.
Good and clean book can be read by anyone
2005 PUB Tyndale House Publisher
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Posted October 2, 2010
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This book is full of excitement, adventure, and of course mystery. It is an interesting series that is best to read in order. It features twins( Bryce and Ashley) whose father was killed in a plane crash and who are now living with thier mom's new husband and his daughter. They seem to find trouble wherever they go. Each book holds an interesting and believable mystery that the kids try to solve. There are morals found in each book and the characters are easy to relate to. Some of these books may be a bit intense for younger readers. My brother, who is 11, had trouble sleeping when he read them at night time. I am not saying not to read them - just make sure that the person who is reading this series will be okay if they choose to read these books at night. The ending to this series is so unexpected that you will always be able to remember it! So keep reading!
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Posted June 24, 2005
The Red Rock books are great! They combine mystery with fast paced adventure. All the characters are gung-ho. There are twists and turns on every page. So if you're looking for a good book, pick up a copy of book #1, Haunted Waters.
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Posted August 26, 2014
I tried this book when looking for fiction for my twins who are 9. The fact that these kids are also twins appealed to me, not to mention the fact that the series is written by Jerry B. Jenkins, the author of the Left Behind books. I just couldn't get into this story, though, and can't imagine my kids would, either (they're more into funny characters and books that involve animals). Perhaps other children would like the series, but we enjoyed Left Behind: The Kids, Winnie, the Horse Whisperer, and TJ and the Time Stumblers much more and recommend them, instead. However, try the book yourself--or at least read the first couple chapters before you take my word for it. I give it 3 stars because there's nothing exactly wrong with it; just not up our alley but nothing exceptional enough to redeem it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 21, 2014
Good mystery/thriller for kids! I liked the main characters, though I could have done with a little less bouncing back and forth between viewpoints. The plot was set up well and satisfied, but watch out for the cliffhanger ending! As designed, I will be looking for the second book to determine what happens there…
Posted August 20, 2014
Great Mystery Book!
Haunted Waters is the first book in the Red Rock Mystery series and it introduces you to the main
characters Ashley and Bryce who are twins. Their step-father took the kids for a little trip up the mountain but they get more then they bargained for after they visit a museum containing a gold nugget. The twins take turns narrating each chapter in the book. This is an excellent mystery book for kids/pre-teens.
Posted August 3, 2014
This is a great kids book. I read this with my son for his book club and we both loved it. It is the beginning of a very exciting series, which we have read a few of the books from. Even my teenage daughter got into the series.
I enjoyed how the storytelling switched back and forth between the two siblings. It had some very suspenseful sections without being too scary. Just the right balance and a great mystery.
Posted July 20, 2014
The first book in the Red Rock Mysteries series, 13 year old twins Ashley and Bryce are still missing their father, who died unexpectedly. Four years have passed, and in that time they've moved to Colorado from Illinois, and their mother has recently remarried. Although they like their stepfather Sam well enough, adjustments are still happening. When Sam plans a weekend trip to see a historic "vug," they are excited, until crazy things - including crime and danger!! - begin to happen. And you'll just have to read it to find out what happens next!
An interesting book for your pre-teens and younger teens, Ashley and Bryce are real kids with real problems, handled in a healthy way. I especially liked how Ashley handled disobedience. An unusual premise, I am eager for my pre-teen to enjoy this series and look forward to getting the next one.
Posted July 14, 2014
This is a great story about fraternal twins whose father has died and they move with their mother, little brother, and new husband out west where they are bullied by some guys in their new school. Their new stepdad gives them new walkie-talkies and four wheelers to drive to school, takes them to see a rare gold nugget in Gold Town and do some shopping for food while their mother tries to complete her new book. While they were in the store, the owner got upset when Bryce takes a picture of the gold nugget . When the shop owner complained and wanted the film, Bryce accidentally dropped the camera on the floor and the memory stick fell out. He quickly scooped it up while the shop owner seized the camera, going through the pictures and deleting the entire set. Once they got to the cabin, all seemed well for a while. However, they heard a car and saw a cigarette butt. A driver in a green car made them nervous. Their cabin was trashed. The phone rings and nobody says anything. Who is doing this and why? Will they survive the attackers? Who is the mysterious uncle wanting them and what does he want?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2014
Great book for tweens! The story view point alternates mostly between that of Bryce, a thirteen year old boy, and Ashley, his twin sister. The two have had lots of changes in their lives – the birth of a younger brother when they were 9, the death of their father, moving to Colorado, getting a stepfather, and becoming Christians. In this book they encounter a bully, deal with doing the right thing even when peer pressure says otherwise, and have someone who wants them dead! Lots of action. Unfortunately, in my mind, the book ends with a total cliffhanger and now I can’t wait to read the next book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2014
Haunted Waters is the first book in the Red Rock Mysteries series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry. It is a children's mystery for 8-12 years old. The main characters are 13 year old twins whose father has recently died and they are getting used to life in a new state with a new step-dad. When there new step-dad takes them on a vacation up to see a piece of gold from the gold rush and relax at a beautiful cabin, they end up getting in the middle of quite the heist and struggle for their lives.
This book is perfect for this age range, especially boys. Lots of adventure to keep kids interested. It is also written with one chapter being from the boy twin's perspective and then one from the girl twin's perspective. I think this helps make it appeal to both genders and is a fabulous idea. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to share it with my son. I love finding new series that I can trust for him to read and enjoy.
Posted June 25, 2014
This book reminded me a little of the Nancy Drew mysteries I read ages ago. Bryce and Ashley, two tweens coping with typical and atypical problems, end up smack dab in the middle of a mystery and immersed in danger through no fault of their own. I think this book would appeal to younger readers for a variety of reasons. Bryce and Ashley have a lot of varied challenges, such as the death of a parent and growing up in a blended family, a believing mother and unbelieving stepfather, medical conditions, peer pressure, and bullying. It seems that because their problems are so varied, many different readers could identify with at least one aspect of their lives.
This book is appealing to parents because of the lessons included within the pages. Things like encouraging readers to talk to their parents about difficult situations and supporting each other in a family are topics that children need to have repeated. There is so much action within the book that I think it would hold the attention of even the most resistant reader.
Jenkins and Fabry can be counted on to provide interesting story lines interwoven with biblical truths, and that holds true in this book. I also thought the foreshadowing for the next book was very clever, because now I can't wait to read it!
If you are looking for an action-packed book for readers 8 and up, look no further. I thought it was a very nice book!
Posted June 21, 2014
Wow! What a great book! Even though this book was written for ages 8-12, it kept my interest. Twins Ashley and Bryce go on an adventure with their stepdad. They get more than just an adventure. Jerry Jenkins is a very talented writer. I've loved every book I've read by him. I would recommend this book to all preteens that love adventure and a little mystery.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2014
The dual narrative is a neat feature, but it causes really short chapters. The narrative itself isn't bad. The story isn't wrapped up neatly with this book, though, you need to keep reading in the series (I assume, I've only read this first book) for some details to be concluded. There is definitely a cliff hanger at the end of the book that will probably floor kids, but about which adults will likely be able to take some decent guesses. Overall, I recommend.
Posted May 29, 2013
Bryce and Ashley Timberline are thirteen-year-old twins. They haven’t lived in Colorado long, and they’re still getting to know their new stepfather, Sam. When Sam takes them on a vacation to see the biggest gold nugget, it seems like a chance to get to know him better. But when the gold nugget is stolen and someone starts following them around, their nice vacation weekend turns into a deadly chase.
This was a fun read. The story was told from Bryce and Ashley’s points of view. The chapters are short, no longer than three pages, so it feels like you’re reading the book faster than you really are. The book had a huge cliffhanger that sort of came from out of nowhere that will make you want to go find the next book in the series. I read this to my kids and they both liked it a lot and demanded book two the moment I closed the book at the end. If you haven’t read these, girl them a try.
Posted June 26, 2008
Posted December 5, 2007
I was given the 1st one to me by a friend. My dad just bought me the 2nd one and I read the first two chapters tonight. I love them. I cannot wait to start the 3rd one. Even my brother likes reading them.
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Posted July 30, 2005
This book is so cool, I love it!Anyone who loves constant adventure and excitement show read the Red Rock series!!!!@
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Posted July 27, 2009
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