Riddle In The Mountain


Kathy Henly (11) wakes to hear mysterious voices. Her family assures her that she’s just imagining things. Her brother David suggests that she go with him and his friend Frank on a late-night ghost hunt to put her fears to rest. To their surprise they not only meet a ghost, but travel back to 1879, and have to solve a series of riddles in order to return home. They are frightened, cold, hungry, and without resources. What’s going to happen? Will they see their parents again?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a good wholesome adventure/time travel/ghost story about which readers in the suggested age range should be excited.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

This is an exciting book. It was hard to understand sometimes, but I still liked it. This is a good book for middle school and early high school students. The book is interesting and it has lots of action.

Parent Reaction

The plot grabs the reader immediately. The twists and turns that the adventure takes keep the reader engaged. The time travel to Boulder, Colorado, 1879, provides some perspective on the life and times in the mining towns in the late nineteenth century.

Type of Book:
This is a middle reader mystery story.
Educational Themes:

The characters and plot provide material to discuss personal relationships and problem solving. The setting creates an opportunity to appreciate the hardships, challenges, and accomplishments of our ancestors.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 12
Age of child:
Read by student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! The book is one for readers' bookshelves at home. It is also one that would be an asset to the classroom or the school library shelves.
Woodside: Borrow. Some people might think it is too hard to understand.

Title Riddle in the Mountain
Author Daryl Burkhard
Publisher Nomad Press © 2005
Illustrators Frank Riccio
ISBN 9780966828955
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Westerns
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