Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Review: The Great Snapping Turtle Adventure

The Great Snapping Turtle Adventure
by Susan Yaruta Young
Secant Publishing, 2015
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

The Great Snapping Turtle Adventure is a story about two young boys out on a weekend trip with their step-father.  He's taking them crabbing in a very small coastal area that seems to be familiar to him in some way, but he never lived there.  They meet an eccentric elderly lady who gives them a snapping turtle to take care of, which they do.  Throughout their trip they meet locals and hear the stories about different people who live in the very rural area, including the woman who gave them the turtle.  The rest of the adventure has little to do with the turtle, but it is along for the ride and has a place at the end of the story.

This was a nice story, but my biggest problem was that it is being advertised as a mystery.  There is very little mystery--it kind of inserts itself as a mystery to be solved at the end of the story, but up until then, I didn't feel as if I was trying to solve anything in particular.  Also, although the snapping turtle is given to them and it has somewhat of an importance at the end of the novel, the rest of the time the boys and there father are merely carting it around.  I expected there to be more snapping turtles or more of a mystery with the turtle.

It was difficult to finish reading, but as it was short, I made the effort to give it a chance till the end.

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