Cynthia's Attic: The Missing Locket

Summer has arrived. Cynthia and Agusta (or Gus, as she prefers), twelve-year-old friends, are determined to make it anything but boring. When they decide to go exploring in Cynthia's attic, they embark on a journey that takes them back to 1914 and a chance to step into the lives of their grandmothers, who were twelve years old in 1914.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Overall, this is an exciting and fascinating contribution to the world of fantasy. The story moves quickly. It is a fun, wholesome fantasy. It isn't easy to put down ... and you can read it in one evening.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction
Two teens reviewed this book.
Reviewer 1: This book is a very well-written adventure story. It skillfully combines suspense, humor, and truth into a well-rounded tale of two girls. The characters are very realistically created, and descriptions are cleverly woven into the text, which contribute to the quality of the writing. The ideas and fantasies in the book are fresh and innovative, and will surely capture the interest of young readers, especially those from 9- to 13-years old.
Reviewer 2: This book had both positive and negative aspects for me. The characters are complex and well developed. By setting up contrasting protagonists, the author injects a lot of excitement and intrigue. Although Cynthia and Gus are opposites, this actually makes the novel so much more fun and fast-paced. They can rely on each other, and the relationship is as delicious as the plot twists. The author's writing style is descriptive and easy to read. Unlike some other books, this novel is concise and to the point. On the other hand, I never quite enjoyed fantasy, even though I love historical fiction. This story does not seamlessly weave the two genres, and book buffs who love either fantasy or historical fiction may be left wanting more. I do wish that the author stuck to a more realistic plotline. There was too much fantasy for me, which detracted from the historical aspects.
Big Kid Reaction
This was an enjoyable read. The parallels between each pair of girls, three generations apart, made a nice complement to the time travel.
Type of Book:
This is a fantasy adventure with time travel as its key element.
Educational Themes:
Although light on actual history, the book offers opportunities for kids to create their own story about what they think life was like … or as a means of interviewing elders about times past.
Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book that will get multiple readings, and you're likely to find additional hints every time.

Title Cynthia's Attic: The Missing Locket

Cynthia's Attic, Book 1

Author Mary Cunningham
Publisher Echelon Press Publishing © 2005
Illustrators Nathalie Moore
ISBN 1590804414
Material Hard Cover
Cost $9.99
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction
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