The Valley of the Strange
Lucy Sladen regrets the arrival of Mr Fisher to Sticky Pines. It seems everything has turned upside-down, including her father who’s emerged from a shift in the sweetener valley undeniably different. However, without the arrival of Mr Fisher, Lucy wouldn’t have met Milo, whom she regards as her best friend.
However, Milo is conflicted. On the one hand, he’s promised to tell Lucy everything after The Thing at Black Hole Lake, while on the other, his father wants Milo to stay away from Lucy. After all, Lucy Sladen’s investigating has wreaked serious damage on his enterprise, and revealed too much of The Valley of the Strange.
So what is behind Mr Sladen’s peculiar transformation into a would-be rock star? Then again, are Milo’s suspicions of Gus and ‘his shape-shifters‘ justified? Furthermore, what will be revealed in a cave rescue that both Lucy and Milo undertake. Might it lead to the revelation that Lucy’s been seeking?
Bookwagon is captivated by The Valley of the Strange, this third title in the Sticky Pines’ series, from Dashe Roberts. What’s more, we recommend these books for any curious, open-minded, middle grade reader. Not only is the mystery tight and peculiar, but the humour so off-beat and satisfying. Then there is the rich character development and sudden surprises…