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Posted April 24, 2012
The Secret Of Rover, Wow! I highly recommend that you buy this book and read it right away. It is full of Suspense, mystery and will make you want to turn the next page until it is finished! When I first saw this book in (of course) Barnes & Noble I picked it up off the shelf and was captivated by the cover, I read the back of the book and said to myself, "This sounds like a good book." But I was wrong, it was a GREAT book!!! I hope Rachel Wildavsky will write many more!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2011
How do you think that you would react if your parents were kidnapped while abroad by foreign terrorists and the terrorists' friends in the United States were after you? Lisa and David Bowden, twelve-year-old twins, live in Washington, DC, with their parents Alan and Sandra. They used to be poor, but the Bowdens, along with Sandra's brother Uncle Alex, invented a top-secret device known as Rover and sold it to the United States government, so now they live comfortably in a new house, and Mr. and Mrs. Bowden have decided to go to Katkajan to adopt an orphan baby named Theo. The adoption agency even finds a Katkajanian nanny named Trixie to watch Lisa and David while their parents are out of the country and then to help with the baby after they return.
However, once in Katkajan, their parents are kidnapped by Katkajanian rebels trying to overthrow the government, and it turns out that Trixie, who has a lot of friends in the United States, is in on the plot. Lisa and David are taken to their old house and tied up but manage to escape. Now what? They decide that their best option is to find their Uncle Alex. They have never met him, but they know that he lives like a hermit in the mountains near Melville, VT, so they become stowaways aboard a grocery truck heading north to Yonkers, NY. However, at a rest stop they find that some of Trixie's friends are also out on the road looking for them. Stowing away on another truck to Vermont, they find a taxi driver who takes them from Hawthorne to Melville. Will they make it to their uncle's place? Is there anything that Uncle Alex can do to help them? And what will happen to their parents?
Author Rachel Wildavsky is a former journalist who has written for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. The Secret of Rover is a fairly long book (343 pages), but I had trouble putting it down and finished it in just a few days. I must admit that it is one of the most exciting, suspenseful thrillers for young people that I have read in a long time. And there is almost nothing objectionable in it. Lisa and David do steal a few things along the way to their uncle's house, mostly food for survival, but they have been brought up to know that stealing is wrong and they talk about somehow repaying what they have taken. There is some bickering between the siblings, but they learn to work together and also grow in their appreciation for one another. A strong sense of family pervades the plot. Pre-teens and teenagers who like spy stories with a lot of intrigue and action will enjoy this book.
Posted March 29, 2011
Twins Katie and David haven't always lived a charmed life. Until recently, their family has struggled in poverty. However, life as been looking up since their parents invented Rover. When their parents fly overseas to adopt a new baby girl, the children's excitement quickly turns to fear as they find themselves in the middle of a sinister political plot. Unsure of whether or not they will ever see their parents again or meet tehir new baby sister, their immediate goal is to make it out alive.
Rachel Wildavsky's new book, The Secret of Rover, is a captivating novel for children. With well developed characters and an appealing plotline, the story allows children to experience a fantastical mystery with action and adventure.
Disclaimer: A copy was provided by the publisher.
Posted July 4, 2012
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