Benjamin Pratt lives in a seaside town and is trying to adjust to his parents’ recent separation. He lives half the time with his mom and half the time on his dad’s sailboat, moored in the harbor. He wasn’t too concerned with the town’s plan to bulldoze his historic old school to make room for an amusement park, until the old janitor at school entrusts him with a secret and tells him he needs to protect the school.
As Ben and his friend Jill investigate the development plans, they discover things that certain people don’t want discovered and find themselves in possible danger. They work together to come up with a plan to save the school, with the help of some very old clues left by the school’s original builder, Captain Oakes, in 1783. Meanwhile, Ben gets ready for his first solo sailing race.
We all liked the book very much. It’s an original story, with plenty of mystery and suspense set in an historical context. My sons love sailing, so they especially liked those parts. My one disappointment was that it felt like it ended in the middle of the story. I prefer series where each book can stand on its own. I guess we’ll just have to wait for book 2 to come out (September 2010).
Simon & Schuster AudioRead by Keith Nobbs