Summer at Forsaken Lake

Summer at Forsaken Lake

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Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael D. Beil, Maggie Kneen

With their father en route to Africa for Doctors Without Borders, city-kids Nicholas and younger twin sisters Haley and Hetty are off to spend the summer with their Great-Uncle Nick at his house on Forsaken Lake. Despite some initial doubts, Nicholas is right at home in the country: he learns to sail, learns about his father as a boy, and makes fast friends with a local-girl, the tomboy Charlie.

The summer takes a turn toward the mysterious, though, when Nicholas discovers an old movie that his father made as a boy: it tells the story of the local legend, The Seaweed Strangler, but was never finished. Before long Nicholas wants answers both about the legend, and about the movie. Together, he and Charlie work to uncover the truth and discover some long-buried family secrets along the way.

In this lovely middle-grade novel, Michael D. Beil has invoked one of his own favorites, We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea, as well as other great summer books of years-past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375967429
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

MICHAEL D. BEIL teaches English at a Catholic high school in New York City. He is the author of three installments of his Edgar Award-nominated Red Blazer Girls mysteries, with a fourth in the works.

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Summer at Forsaken Lake 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Nicholas is not looking forward to spending the summer with his twin sisters, Haley and Hetty at his Uncle Nick's house at Forsaken Lake. Nick's Dad is a doctor and he is going to Africa to help out people who need it in the Doctors Without Borders program. Things start to get interesting when Nick finds a secret compartment in his Uncle's house. The compartment is filled with stuff from Nick's dad. One of the things in the compartment is a movie made by Nick's father. The movie is about the legendary Seaweed Strangler at Forsaken lake, but it was never finished. Nick and his new friend, Charlie (a kind of tomboyish girl) set out to discovery the mystery behind the movie, the Seaweed Strangler and some old family secrets that they never knew about! This book had it all - mystery, adventure, excitement, friendship, a great setting, a Seaweed Strangler, great characters, alien robots... OK it didn't have alien robots, but it did have all the other stuff. The story was written well. It kept me turning the pages. I think I should tell you that even though it has the Seaweed Strangler movie in the book, it is not a horror book, there is no violence (except during a kid-made movie, but that's not over-the-top violence) and no cursing at all. Mr. Beil wrote a great mystery that kids of all ages can read! The sketchy illustrations throughout the book really went nicely with the story. I highly recommend this book! **Note - I bought a copy of this book at a festival.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
This book is a super-fun read either in the summer... or in the dead of winter, when you dream of the warmth summer, like myself. It added sunshine to the cold days of January for me. "Summer at Forsaken Lake" holds a big adventure type of story in a small little town. When Nicholas Mettleson visits his Uncle Nick on Forsaken Lake, he and his two little sisters make some big discoveries about their dad and his boyhood. From hidden compartments with secrets inside, the story of a boat wrecked decades ago, the mystery of 2:43am, plus a bit of hard work and oodles of fun.... there's a lot of intrigue going on to keep the Mettleson kids (and their new friend, Charlie) entertained for weeks (as well as the reader). Definitely a lively middle-grade novel. The one thing I didn't care for was that Nicholas and his friend often talk about "if only" their parents would have stayed together, even though the adults now have their own families. Some people may not care one way or the other on this aspect though. I did really like how the author made the kids really work for their rewards... our generation of kids need to be exposed to that kind of commitment. The audio version of this book (narrated by Thomas Vincent Kelly) was recorded and produced very well. I greatly enjoyed listening to it! Oh, and thanks to the author, I now have just got to find myself a copy of "We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea" and read it! (You probably will too, once you read "Summer at Forsaken Lake".
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Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has mystery and humor for kids 10+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing experience for readers everywhere. It teaches you about family and what emotions can do to you. You can also learn about friendship, and sailing.
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Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
This is a great MG novel that I highly recommend to parents and teachers alike. Filled with adventure, mystery, and intrigue, Beil takes his young readers on a ride that they won’t soon forget. Originally, I thought that this novel was going to be a type of horror/suspense novel, with a seaweed monster and the like, but it actually turned out to be more focused on family values and coming of age, which I enjoyed. While I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more dealing with a real live seaweed monster, I liked the digging the kids do to uncover the truth about their dad and why he never visits Forsaken Lake anymore. Overall, this is a very well written story with some great morals that I think are great for the MG and younger YA readers. I personally tend to like books for a little bit older crowd, but still think this is a great read!