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Rescuing Seneca Crane
A Kari and Lucas Mystery. No. 2

by Susan Runholt


Fourteen year old Kari had hoped a trip to Scotland would be just the thing to take her friend Lucas’s mind from her ridiculous infatuation with Josh, the boy Kari refers to as Mr. Makes Me Want to Gag.

But so far her plan has not worked. Neither the street performers in the picturesque Edinburgh, nor meeting Seneca Crane, the talented teenage pianist who is fast becoming their friend, has stopped Lucas from sighing, spacing out and talking non-stop about her crush. And Kari is starting to think their friendship will not survive the summer.

But when, in their search for Seneca who has been kidnapped and taken to an island off the eastern coast of Scotland, they meet Robbie, Kari starts to understand Lucas’s obsession. Robbie has curly, sandy hair, gray eyes and the cutest accent Kari has ever heard, and says things like ‘lovely’ when referring to the castle where the friends suspect Seneca is being held captive.

Even better, Robbie has a twin brother, almost as cute as him, and, upon seeing him, Lucas has finally stopped moping over Josh.

Unfortunately, flirting is the last thing in their 'to do' list as they have a friend to rescue. And they must do it soon because the kidnappers are moving Seneca in the morning.

Kari and Lucas have a plan to get Seneca out of the castle. But when a storm, which Robbie told them wouldn’t come until midnight, closes in as they attempt the rescue, the twins may be all that stand between success and disaster. But can the twins be trusted? And most importantly for Kari, will Lucas realize that Josh is not the only boy for her?

In Rescuing Seneca Crane, Susan Runholt has again created a fast paced mystery with realistic characters that are caring and sympathetic and still daringly immature as fourteen years old would be.

An exciting adventure for the young and young at heart.

The Book

Viking / The Penguin Group
May 2009
Tweener Fiction / Mystery / Ages 11 up / Grades: 5 up
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The Reviewer

Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban is author of the award-winning YA fantasy novel Two Moon Princess [2007], recipient of the ForeWord Magazine Bronze Award for Juvenile Fiction. Its sequel, The King in the Stone, is scheduled to be published in 2010.
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