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Brenda Chapman. Where Trouble Leads
Napoleon  $9.95  ISBN 978-1-894917-44-5  136 pg. 
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 15

Suddenly her flashlight stopped moving, its shaft pointed downwards towards the boxes. “Jennifer?” she squeaked. “Jennifer, someone’s foot is sticking up!” In one wild arc, the light from Roxie’s flashlight spun around and hit me squarely in the face. “I think they must be dead!”’

Jennifer is now a young adolescent at fifteen years old. One would think that she would like to spend her summer at home with friends and family…instead her little sister has convinced her to be a camp counselor all summer long. Why does she do it? Well, to get away…her family life is completely out of control and she really needs the escape. She starts to look forward to swimming in a lake every day until some strange things lead to even stranger ones…there is something that is not quite right about White Pine camp.

Where Trouble Leads is an excellent addition to the life of Jennifer Bannon. This book might be small, but the content is most certainly not. Dealing with family problems and the issue of growing up is all wrapped up in this mini mystery book. I enjoyed reading it very much simply because the characters are so realistic and well portrayed. It is a read to remember, every step Jennifer makes is as interesting as the last. The reason I like this book so much is because it paints the way children and teenagers react to situations and ideas. Change is not an easy thing to take on when you are only fifteen and have only had one boyfriend.

The storyline is easy to relate to and it is definitely a roller-coaster ride. I would recommend this book for people twelve years old and up. A worthy read … for the suspense and the mystery.

I give this book five puzzling stars out of five. It blew me away!

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