Rating: 3/5 Stars
Release Date: 11/1/2010
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About the Book: Strange things are happening to Seb. He's started to notice strange colors in his secret hideaway he's dubbed the hole in the way. Then he finds a rock that shares those strange colors. But when the eggs start to harden and raw cookie dough gives Seb the stomach ache of the century, he and his sister set out to uncover the truth about what's happening in their small town.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: It took me awhile to get into this book. There's not a lot of action right from the start and it took me a bit to get used to the author's storytelling style.
Seb is an interesting character and he takes a bit to get used to. He has quite an imagination, so his mind wanders and he imagines new situations and he takes the reader there with him. Because of this, his narration takes a bit to get adjusted to.
A lot happens in the story and there's a big mystery the twins have set out to solve, but I thought some of the story jumped around and there were parts that could have been explained a bit better. The mystery aspect of the storyline was a bit hard to follow at times. Because of that I think The Hole in the Wall would be great to give advanced tween readers that are looking for something that's a bit of a challenge but still middle grade.
There's not so much fantasy or mystery that it relies heavily on either genre, and readers who enjoy stories about small town life and fighting off evil coorporations should give this one a try.
Book Pairings: Pair this with Carl Hiaasen's middle grade novels for a good discussion on tweens standing up to adults and fighting for what's right.
Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by publisher for review