Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beneath

Roland Smith's Beneath has a very deceptive cover. To me, it looks like it could be the cover of a B-grade horror film. In reality, it's an exciting middle school mystery that will hook readers.

Pat's older brother has always been a bit strange, but when Coop disappears to live with a community under the subways of New York City, there's only one thing to do. Pat must battle his claustrophobia to head underground to save Coop. It's not as easy as it sounds because there are many people living underground with secrets that are worth killing to protect.

Author Roland Smith wrote in a style that will keep readers motivated: short chapters, frequent action, and lots of surprises. Going into it, I didn't realize it was the first in a duology. My mission now is to track down Above, the sequel. I know that once my students finish this book, they will be dying to find out what happens next.

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