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When double cousins Max Rawson and Carly Johnson with their siblings, Dorie, Chad, and Molly, arrive at their Grandparents’ ranch for an annual visit, they are delighted with a surprise request that changes everything.

Grandpa asks them to uncover what happened to his Grandfather’s twin brother Zachary, who left home to seek adventure and fortune in the West over 100 years before and was never heard from again. The only clue is a pocket watch Grandpa has that matches one Zachary carried. Added to this real-life mystery is the sudden arrival of a new hired man, Slim, a quiet stranger with an unusual background.

Will they be able to find what happened to Zach and his watch? Who is Slim? Can he be trusted? What is he hiding? As the cousins seek answers to these questions they learn valuable lessons about forgiveness and acceptance.

* from Goodreads

Hott Review:

What a cute mystery!

I think The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Missing Watch is a great story for reluctant middle-grade readers. Boys and girls.

As an adult with a nineteen-year-old son, I can admit to putting myself in the position of Zachary’s parents. It’s hard when you think about the reality of what could have, and did, happen a hundred years ago. Knowing that your child could leave and you may never find them is certainly a wake-up call. A scary one.

I liked the Christian aspect of The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Missing Watch. The gentle reminders from family members and the activities they participate in are wholesome and one of the things that make this book a great family read.

The only reason I can think that you wouldn’t want your child to read this are the references to dial-up and disposable cameras. I have enough trouble explaining how different a VCR was than Netflix, I can’t even imagine explaining dialup. 😉

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Author: Miriam Jones Bradley
Source: I borrowed this book for free with my Kindle Unlimited subscription on June 29, 2016… and yes, I’m JUST reading it.
Publisher & Date: June 1st 2009 by Winepress Publishing (first published 2009)
Genre: Children’s, Middle-Grade, Christian, Mystery
ISBN: 1579219993 (ISBN13: 9781579219994)
Pages: 119
Grade: A
Ages: 8-12 year olds
Steam: None
Setting: Broken Bow, Nebraska
Series: Double Cousins Mysteries Book 1
The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Torn Map The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Rushmore Treasure The Double Cousins and the Mystery of Custer’s Gold The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Russian Jewels
The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Missing Watch The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Torn Map The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Rushmore Treasure The Double Cousins and the Mystery of Custer’s Gold The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Russian Jewels

Author Bio:

Miriam Jones BradleyMiriam Jones Bradley has worked as a nurse for the past thirty-one years and has been heavily involved with Children’s Ministries. She has taught and led numerous children’s programs and enjoys speaking on the writing process to students of all ages. Miriam has a heart for children and desires to help them do new things, take initiative, and have adventures as they grow. Miriam is the author of The Double Cousins Mysteries as well as All I Have Needed: A Legacy for Life and You Ain’t From Here, Are Ya-Reflections on Southern Culture from an Outsider.

Miriam loves to bake and read, especially mysteries. Through her writing, Miriam strives to provide exciting, captivating, but traditional stories for children that teach the importance of family connections while establishing good Biblical and character truths. She and her husband, Dr. Bruce Bradley, make their home in North Carolina. She is currently employed at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC.

Websites & Links: author's website author's twitter author's facebook

 

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