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Jeans, Peter. Stoker's Bay.Cygnet, 2003 [1-876268-97-2]
  Angus is sent to a residential High School on the coast where he becomes best 
friends with Kes early on.  The two go through the struggles of being away from 
home for the first time.  As the story progresses and they get older, Kate comes 
into the picture.  She is a good friend to them both and eventually a love interest 
for Angus.  Kate's father hires a local to do some work on his boat who takes a 
liking to Kate (much to her chagrin.)  The 222 page book ends in much excitement 
when the (former) hired hand kidnaps Kate and Angus and Kes go to rescue her.  Will 
the three of them ever forget what happens at Stoker's Bay?  How far does 
friendship and loyalty go when someone dies?  The first quarter of this book is 
enjoyable although very slow as the two boys and later Kate progress through their 
years at school.  The excitement all happens at the end.  This story takes place in 
Australia so one must be aware of things like summer vacation includes Christmas.  
I thought it
 was a bit of self-promoting the way the author kept mentioning what happened in 
his previous book.

Frederick Muller, Librarian
Halsted Middle School (Grades 6-8)
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Newton, NJ  07860

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