Donna St. Cry's book for readers ages 8-12 has a zany enough title, The Secrets of the
Cheese Syndicate, to hook the reader into looking into the book. Once the reader learns
that Robert Montasio lets his sister drink a strange soda that causes her to shrink, he or she
is off on a Wizard-of-Oz-type of adventure. Robert's only hope is an organization known as the
Secret Cheese Syndicate, but they cannot help unless Robert travels the world to find the Mystic
Cheese of Eliki. So Robert and his little sister (and I do mean little) are off on a grand
Young readers will enjoy all the references to and uses of cheese in solving the mystery of
where to find the very special cheese. The mythological beasts they encounter provide enough
adventure to keep the reader looking for more.
Young readers will see and appreciate the interaction between the brother and sister. Their
actions sum up the relationship between most siblings: We fuss and quarrel, but when it counts
the most, we are there for each other.
This is a great little adventure story.