With their father en route to Africa for Doctors Without Borders, city-kids Nicholas and younger twin sisters Haley and Hetty are off to spend the summer with their Great-Uncle Nick at his house on Forsaken Lake. Despite some initial doubts, Nicholas is right at home in the country: he learns to sail, learns about his father as a boy, and makes fast friends with a local-girl, the tomboy Charlie. The summer takes a turn toward the mysterious, though, when Nicholas discovers an old movie that his father made as a boy: it tells the story of the local legend, The Seaweed Strangler, but was never finished. Before long Nicholas wants answers both about the legend, and about the movie. Together, he and Charlie work to uncover the truth and discover some long-buried family secrets along the way. In this lovely middle-grade novel, Michael D. Beil has invoked one of his own favorites, We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea, as well as other great summer books of years-past.
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"This charming, upbeat story is the ideal summer listen for those of all ages. When Nicholas and his 10-year-old twin sisters go to spend the summer with their Great Uncle Nick, they can't imagine life outside Manhattan. Narrator Thomas Vincent Kelly brings warmth and vitality to every character. His enthusiasm is particularly apparent in Nicholas, Charlie (a girl), and Uncle Nick, who knows just how to handle kids. Nicholas discovers an unfinished film his dad made when he was a boy and decides to finish it. Kelly commendably distinguishes the twins, who are hilarious as they sport English accents for the movie. By the film's opening everyone--adults included--grows up a little in this sweetly nostalgic story. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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