Thursday, November 29, 2018

Secrets from the Deep (Devlin Quick #3)

38649684Fairstein, Linda. Secrets from the Deep (Devlin Quick #3)
November 6th 2018 by Dial Books
ARC provided by Follett First Look

Devlin and her friend Booker, along with his young cousin Zee, are vacationing on Martha's Vineyard when Zee finds a gold doubloon while Devlin is taking water samples for her summer science project. They investigate to find out whether it is real, and soon uncover a series of historical mysteries as well as modern ones relating to how the coin came to be washed up on the beach. Devlin uses her investigative skills and connections that she has because her mother is the police commissioner in New York City. Along the way, the children learn a lot about the history of the area in the 1700s when pirates roamed the seas.
Strengths: This had a nice feeling of place, since the history and locations of Martha's Vineyard are showcased so nicely. There are supportive, helpful adults who assist the children and keep them safe. The mystery is solid.
Weaknesses: Like the first book, this showcases a lot of privilege that feels odd and unrealistic to me in this day and age, at least in the mid west. Devlin uses her mother's position to get questionable testing done, and she's very close to be rude to adults she considers inferior.
What I really think: The first book has not circulated well, so I didn't buy Digging for Trouble and will probably pass on this as well.
Ms. Yingling

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