Of Ice And Icing

Summary:

Bromm Shattuck is 15 years old. He has been living with his aunt Melinda and her daughter, Vivian, ever since his parents were killed in an automobile crash. Aunt Melinda has managed B’s Gourmet Foods company since the crash. Bromm began to be curious about Aunt Melinda’s behavior and started putting things together. With some help from friends, Bromm may be able to solve the puzzle but it won’t be easy.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a wholesome mystery adventure that everyone can enjoy.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Young Reader Reaction

The author's style is direct and quick-witted, yet the novel is packed with action. The reader will try to predict what will happen next with Cassie’s suspenseful style. The book made me flip through chapter, wondering what would happen next. Ultimately, the novel made me nostalgic of the times I cooked in my mother’s kitchen and reminded me how curious teenagers can be. The characters in the novel seemed real as they went about solving the mystery. Bromm changed throughout the novel, beginning as a stereotypical popular teenage athlete who becomes a loving, enlightened young man. His metamorphosis was mainly influenced by Gayle, which teaches the reader a lesson that you should never judge a book by its cover. I especially loved the sharp and precise dialogue in the novel which highlighted the realness of the characters. When the athletic hockey players began to tease Bromm and talk among each other, the conversations seemed very pragmatic, making the slangs feel very authentic. Overall, I enjoyed the novel and I recommend it as a light read that keeps you flipping the pages until the ultimate problem is solved.

Parent Reaction

This is the author’s first book, and she knows how to engage the reader immediately. Her readers will anxiously await her second publication.

Type of Book:
This is a preteen mystery written by a high school student.
Educational Themes:

This is a book meant to be enjoyed for fun reading.

Reading Level:
3.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 12
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. Readers will find this mystery/adventure novel to be an enjoyable and fun read. Congratulations on a job well done.

Title Of Ice and Icing
Author Cassi Vlk
Publisher Baker Trittin Press © 2008
Illustrators Hannah England
ISBN 9780981489322
Material Hard Cover
Cost $10.95
Genres Mystery, Death and Loss, Religion
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