June 17th, 2014 by Karen
I really enjoyed this book. So just keep that in mind when I say this: It’s not a magical book. I expected magic because one of the characters says she can fly. But I feel like I need to warn everyone: Don’t expect magical powers as part of this story.
BUT this book is full of magic of a different kind: funny coincidences, chance meetings, and unexpected adventure.
Harleigh lives in a huge mansion with a big group of relatives. The rule is that if you’re a Weatherby, you get to live there for free. But the closer you are to the main Weatherby blood line, the more perks you get (like nicer housing). Harleigh is very close, but being a kid, he still doesn’t get a lot of control over his life.
That’s why it’s so exciting one day when a strange girl named Allegra appears on the Weatherby grounds. Together, they get mixed up in a crazy escapade that involves a hidden treasure, a dangerous man with a metal detector, a weepy cousin with a story to tell, and a strict aunt you wouldn’t want to cross.
I would definitely recommend the book to fans of The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter, the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood, and The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. In other words, a perfect book for summer!
If you’ve already read this book, leave a comment and let me know what you thought. Or just tell me what you’re planning to read or do this summer!