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Gr 5-8 - Fourteen-year-old Russell and his mom are spending the summer in Port Orford, OR, to help transition Russell's grandfather into an assisted-living situation. While Californian Russell is unenthusiastic about being there, he does manage to develop a friendship with Phoebe, the daughter of his grandfather's new caregiver. Russell and Phoebe uncover a 100-plus-year-old mystery concerning a large meteorite lying somewhere in the wilderness (based on an actual historical account discussed in an author's note). Several historical chapters interspersed in the narrative cover the initial discovery. Russell, Phoebe, and her older brother head off into the woods to find it, pursued by Full Moon, a villain also looking for the large rock. After a dramatic fight, Russell must continue off-trail alone, in spite of all rules of outdoor safety and common sense. He ultimately finds what he is looking for, but any sweetness that might come with this discovery is clouded by the extreme danger of his decisions. However, kids won't mind the safety issues, and fans of Gordon Korman's "On the Run" series (Scholastic) will enjoy the sense of danger and the self-sufficiency of the main characters.-Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OHCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
"Set in Oregon, this old-fashioned adventure story has contemporary appeal."