Saddleback. (White Lightning Mysteries). Jun. 2023. 76p. pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781638892069.
Gr 4-7–When Nate goes camping with his dad and brother, the trio plans on seeing a solar eclipse. Things, however, take a weird turn when they get chased by a creature that looks an awful lot like a raccoon. Not long after, they begin to disappear, and their dog, Comet, fully vanishes. Can they get back to civilization before they disappear completely? And what really happened to Comet? What is the weird creature, and what caused them to start disappearing? The plot is engaging, well written, and full of twists and turns. The author does a great job building suspense and intrigue. Characters are not well developed but are realistic and likable. Character dynamics are well drawn and add depth to the story. The text is easy to follow and fits well with the hi-lo reading style. Layout is dyslexic-friendly with heavy bottom fonts, letter spacing, and white space. Characters are presumed white. The book is written at a third grade level.
VERDICT For those who enjoy horror or mysteries this is a must-read. Recommended for most library collections.

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