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Children's LiteratureA group of twelve-year-old boys who call themselves the Seventh Cavalry investigate a mysterious monster that haunts a local lake in this lightweight adventure/mystery. Spending most of their free time riding horses, fishing and just hanging out, the boys are terrified one evening to confront two gleaming lights underneath the surface of the water. Mustering their courage, they make elaborate plans to discover the truth behind the lights. Jordan, the resident brain, is teased about his vocabulary and his absent-mindedness, but his knowledge of Morse code helps the boys not only solve the mystery but also save the life of their eccentric neighbor, in an exciting climax involving an underwater rescue led by Kent's paramedic father and made possible by Kent's quick thinking. The relationship between Kent and his dad is touching and realistic. While the prose is somewhat lightweight, the action doesn't stop, and many boys, even reluctant readers, will be attracted to this adventure story. 2003, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 8 to 12.
— Anne Marie Pace