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12.31.2013

Rock Harbor Lost and Found ~ Review

Rock Harbor: Lost and Found
By Colleen Coble 
  and Robin Caroll

Emily O'Reilly's puppy Sherlock is everything she had hoped for in a search and rescue dog.  But Emily has a knack for getting into trouble and she's about to get into more trouble.  Her mother is hanging around trying to get Emily to spend time with her.  There is a suspicious fire at the high school.  Emily and Olivia uncover a secret - a big one.  And bad things are about to happen to the O'Reilly family and Emily thinks that she's to blame.

Emily learns some valuable lessons in Lost and Found including that some secrets should never be kept and she learns that there are hidden dangers on the internet - dangers that almost cost her more than she ever imagined.

Emily wants to help but her impatience  and curiosity have a way of make her act without thinking things through.  I also think that Emily's dad can at times be just a little uptight, which is understandable with some of Emily's stunts.  But both come off as real people which makes this a believable story that subtly teaches middle grade readers a valuable and cautionary message.  This is a worthy sequel to Search and Rescue.

I was provided loan of a digital ARC of this title by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Description

An old photo brings a shocking revelation and it’s up to Emily and her best friend Olivia to solve the case!
Fourteen-year-old Emily O’Reilly and her best friend Olivia Webster have a knack for solving mysteries. Emily has been busily training her new puppy Sherlock to be a Search and Rescue dog so that the two can lead search-and-rescue missions someday. So when Emily stumbles across an old photo of Olivia’s adoption day—a fact that has never been revealed to Olivia—the two quickly decide to uncover the mysterious details surrounding Olivia’s birth parents.
But the two bite off more than they can chew as they dig into learning more about Olivia’s adoption without notifying her parents. And to make matters worse, Emily’s mother Marika, a convicted felon recently released on parole, will stop at nothing to contact her daughter—a fact that Emily is not happy about.
When her beloved stepmother Naomi disappears, Emily takes it upon herself to connect the dots and conduct her own snow-bound search-and-rescue mission with Sherlock. Will Emily ever find the secret behind Naomi’s disappearance? And will Olivia ever learn the truth about her adopted parents?