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The Secret of Whispering Springs
by: Jerri Garretson
review by: Tina Morgan


Cassie Wade's parents are delighted with their new home. They Wynne farm has lots of land and a spacious rock house but Cassie isn't so sure she wants to live there. When she discovers the real reason why the farm is nicknamed "Whispering Springs" she knows she'd rather stay in her cramped little room in town.

On her first visit to the farm she discovers a drifter living the barn and she's convinced that he hasn't gone far. She starts receiving threatening emails that warn her to either help the drifter find what he's looking for or he'll harm those she loves most. Including her eight year old brother. She's reluctant to go to her parents for help because they don't believe her assertions that the ghost of 14 yr. old Annie Wynne is haunting the house and the nearby springs.

Can Cassie's friends help her discover the Secret of Whispering Springs before something really bad happens?  

Jerri Garretson creates a wonderful story of suspense and intrigue sure to fascinate any young reader. Her characters are well developed and her writing is strong and vibrant.

Having a daughter of my own in middle grades, I've been reading a lot of the books she's brought home from school and The Secret of Whispering Springs has been one of my favorites reads. It has surpassed many of the books published by major NY presses and is well worth ordering. I heartily recommend it for anyone looking for a reading gift for that special reader in their life. (I recently passed it along to my 11 yr. old niece who absolutely loves it.)

The Secret of Whispering Springs is a * * * * * read!

Rating Scale:
* * * * * = Un-put-downable, excellent reading!
* * * * = Good value, interesting reading.
* * * = Had potential, but could have been better.
* * = Slow, difficult to read, could have been improved.
* = Imminently forgettable.


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