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
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. 😉
|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)|
|Ages:||8-12 year olds|
|Setting:||Broken Bow, Nebraska|
|Series:||Double Cousins Mysteries Book 1|
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.
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