Breaking the Ring: A Novel

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Three girls spending their summer vacation at their grandparents' house on the St. Lawrence River discover hidden cocaine on an island and become suspect of drug dealing themselves

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The familiar granite-rimmed islands and blue-green water of the St. Lawrence River seem an unlikely setting for a drug ring.This is the first summer in six years that fifteen year old Jesse and her sister, Emma, have returned to the river. Soon Maggie, Jesse's best friend, joins them. The long days stretch before the three girls with the promise of a perfect time. They can hardly wait to swim, to sail, to find a little summer romance, and, most important, to have some kind of wild adventure. After they hear a ghost story about a nearby island, the girls are determined to find, if not the ghost, the hidden treasure. Much to the girls' surprise and horror, they uncover a cache of cocaine on the island. After carefully rehiding the drugs, the three girls flee, but not before they are sighted by the smugglers. Events quickly become more complicated as the drug-dealers circle around the girls, convinced that they have stolen their cache. The only way out is to break the ring.

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Grade 4-6-- Jesse, 15; her sister Emma, 11; and their parents are summering at their St. Lawrence river cabin for the first time in six years. Shortly after they arrive, Jesse's best friend, Maggie, joins them. The three girls investigate a neighboring island after Jesse's mother tells them about a ghost who supposedly lived there and left hidden treasure. What the girls find, however, is a hidden packet of cocaine. The smugglers spot them, and the trio becomes involved in breaking up a drug ring. Woven into the story is Jesse and a friend's renewed interest in each other, which seems to be heading toward romance. Suspense is maintained throughout this light mystery; the characterizations and dialogue are realistic. What doesn't seem plausible is that the drug dealers don't immediately know where to find the kids. A book with a similar theme that hangs together better is Mary Downing Hahn's The Dead Man in Indian Creek (Clarion, 1990). --Bonnie L. Raasch, C. B. Vernon Middle School, Marion, IA
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