Secret of the Old Well (Hannah's Island Book 5)

Wiggin, Eric

Published by Emerald Books, 1994
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Synopsis: While rescuing the family dog after he falls into a dry abandoned well, Hannah and her brother locate an adjoining tunnel and discover some Ice Age fossils buried beneath it

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Gr 4-7--A mystery set in rural Maine. Hannah and her family are fundamentalist Christians; they run a tourist lodge on a small island, apart from outside influences. Events are presented as seen through Hannah's eyes, but readers are repeatedly told that she is an intelligent, creative young woman. Her behavior, however, seems unrealistically mature in some instances and unbelievably unquestioning regarding her faith. The author tries to endow her with an impulsiveness appropriate for her age, but the overall impression is of a girl who is much more evolved than is realistic. The mystery is well developed. The Parmenter family dog falls into a dry, abandoned well, and, as Hannah and her brother become involved in the rescue and then in their further exploration of the well and its adjoining tunnel, they learn more about their island home and discover some Ice Age fossils that have been buried beneath it. At this point, the mystery and all of the previous subplots are dropped and the narrative becomes a platform for presenting children with an alternative to traditional evolutionary theories of the Earth's past. Passages such as, "Lucy's eyes shined. `I think science is fascinating from a Christian perspective,'" thinly veil the author's beliefs. Children from fundamentalist families need reading materials in which they can see themselves; however, this offering is too labored and message-driven to be successful.

Megan McGuire, Lake View Elementary School, Madison, WI

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Title: Secret of the Old Well (Hannah's Island Book...
Publisher: Emerald Books
Publication Date: 1994
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