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Keenan has lived all over the world but nowhere quite as strange as Centerlight Island, which is split between the United States and Canada. The only thing weirder than Centerlight itself is his neighbor Zarabeth, aka ZeeBee. ZeeBee is obsessed with the islands history as a Prohibition-era smuggling route. Shes also convinced that her beloved dog, Barney, was murdered Keenan has lived all over the world but nowhere quite as strange as Centerlight Island, which is split between the United States and Canada. The only thing weirder than Centerlight itself is his neighbor Zarabeth, aka ZeeBee. ZeeBee is obsessed with the island’s history as a Prohibition-era smuggling route. She’s also convinced that her beloved dog, Barney, was murdered—something Keenan finds pretty hard to believe. Just about everyone on Centerlight is a suspect, because everyone hated Barney, a huge dog—part mastiff, part rottweiler—notorious for terrorizing the community. Accompanied by a mild-mannered new dog who is practically Barney’s opposite, ZeeBee enlists Keenan’s help to solve the mystery. As Keenan and ZeeBee start to unravel the clues, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that dates back to Centerlight’s gangster past. The good news is that Keenan may have found the best friend he’s ever had. The bad news is that the stakes are sky-high. And now someone is after them. . . .


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Keenan has lived all over the world but nowhere quite as strange as Centerlight Island, which is split between the United States and Canada. The only thing weirder than Centerlight itself is his neighbor Zarabeth, aka ZeeBee. ZeeBee is obsessed with the islands history as a Prohibition-era smuggling route. Shes also convinced that her beloved dog, Barney, was murdered Keenan has lived all over the world but nowhere quite as strange as Centerlight Island, which is split between the United States and Canada. The only thing weirder than Centerlight itself is his neighbor Zarabeth, aka ZeeBee. ZeeBee is obsessed with the island’s history as a Prohibition-era smuggling route. She’s also convinced that her beloved dog, Barney, was murdered—something Keenan finds pretty hard to believe. Just about everyone on Centerlight is a suspect, because everyone hated Barney, a huge dog—part mastiff, part rottweiler—notorious for terrorizing the community. Accompanied by a mild-mannered new dog who is practically Barney’s opposite, ZeeBee enlists Keenan’s help to solve the mystery. As Keenan and ZeeBee start to unravel the clues, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that dates back to Centerlight’s gangster past. The good news is that Keenan may have found the best friend he’s ever had. The bad news is that the stakes are sky-high. And now someone is after them. . . .

30 review for Notorious

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Keenan and Zarabeth (ZeeBee) live in a unique town that straddles the border between Michigan and Canada. Keenan lives with his dad on the US side of the border as he recovers from tuberculosis contracted while living abroad with his mom and step-dad and ZeeBee lives with her parents on the Canadian side. The two team up to solve the mystery of a missing treasure buried by gangsters said to have lived in their town in the 1920s and 30s as well as figure out just how ZeeBees troublemaker, monster Keenan and Zarabeth (ZeeBee) live in a unique town that straddles the border between Michigan and Canada. Keenan lives with his dad on the US side of the border as he recovers from tuberculosis contracted while living abroad with his mom and step-dad and ZeeBee lives with her parents on the Canadian side. The two team up to solve the mystery of a missing treasure buried by gangsters said to have lived in their town in the 1920s and 30s as well as figure out just how ZeeBee’s troublemaker, monster of a dog really died. Readers of Gordon Korman’s Ungifted and Slacker series, Restart and others will see his style in the pages of Notorious and maybe, since it is not nearly as long as those titles, reluctant readers looking for some action amidst realistic middle grade kids just like them will give it a try. After loving this one, maybe they can be encouraged to try other works by one of the best writers for middle grade readers. Highly recommended with no content reservations. Possible extension activities for teachers using this one would be having students research lighthouses, mobsters and lawmen from the 1920s and 30s and maybe even whether the town of Centerlight even exists. Thanks for the dARC, Edelweiss.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Violet Sinclair

    DISCLAIMER: I received a digital review copy of NOTORIOUS via Edelweiss Above the Treeline in exchange for an honest review Gordon Korman has been a favorite author of mine since fourth grade. Everytime he releases a new book, I get very excited to read it. So, naturally, when I found out about NOTORIOUS, I was excited. And then when I got accepted for the arc, I was even more excited. The plot itself was something that I hadnt really heard of before, but was definitely classic Korman. Overall, I DISCLAIMER: I received a digital review copy of NOTORIOUS via Edelweiss Above the Treeline in exchange for an honest review Gordon Korman has been a favorite author of mine since fourth grade. Everytime he releases a new book, I get very excited to read it. So, naturally, when I found out about NOTORIOUS, I was excited. And then when I got accepted for the arc, I was even more excited. The plot itself was something that I hadn’t really heard of before, but was definitely classic Korman. Overall, I had a nice time. Perfect for fans of Gordon Korman’s previous works such as MASTERMINDS and SWINDLE. Will I be purchasing in January? More than likely.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam Kuntz

    Notorious is about a boy named Keenan as he recovers from tuberculosis on a small island in between Canada and America. Keenan usually travels around the world with his mother and his step-father as they teach at international schools. Before he came to the island, he lived in Shanghai, so he thinks that the island is incredibly boring. Because Keenan has tuberculosis, he is always tired, so he has to stay seated for a lot of the day. One day while he is watching videos outside, a person comes Notorious is about a boy named Keenan as he recovers from tuberculosis on a small island in between Canada and America. Keenan usually travels around the world with his mother and his step-father as they teach at international schools. Before he came to the island, he lived in Shanghai, so he thinks that the island is incredibly boring. Because Keenan has tuberculosis, he is always tired, so he has to stay seated for a lot of the day. One day while he is watching videos outside, a person comes into the yard and introduces herself. Her name is ZeeBee. ZeeBee tells Keenan about her dog who she believes was killed by somebody in the town because everyone hated the dog. Keenan does not believe her at first, but eventually figures out that somebody really did kill the dog. ZeeBee really like the idea of criminals and gangsters, so she tells Keenan about all the criminals and gangsters that lived on the island before them. ZeeBee also believes that one of the gangsters on the island buried treasure on the island. ZeeBee goes to the Canadian school that is on the mainland, so she does not have any friends at that school, because as soon as school ends she has to get off the mainland and back onto the island. Keenan is also a martial artist, he practices tae kwon do. He is very good at it. Even though I am reviewing the ebook, I read a hardcover copy of this book, I just could not find it when I searched for this book. It eventually turns out that Keenan's martial arts instructor along with somebody else on the island is the one that killed ZeeBee's dog. One thing that I did not understand was that it took barely anything for ZeeBee to get mad at Keenan. He went to a party, and ZeeBee got so mad at him that you would have thought he had been the one that killed her dog. I understand why she was angry, but I do not understand why she got so angry. I liked the twist that the martial arts instructor was evil, I did not see it coming at all, and I usually figure out these mystery books before the fifth chapter. I also liked the sense of dry humor throughout the book. It made it a lot easier to read. I enjoyed this book very much, and would recommend it to anybody who like short mysteries. -Sam Kuntz

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    I have been a Korman fan for years. He just gets better and better. This story really appealed to me because the main character lived overseas in a number of places since his mom was an international school teacher. He moves back home after he contracts TB in order to rest and heal. The town that he lives in is on the US/Canada border so that adds interest as well. A couple of dogs (one deceased) play into the story as well. The dog owner, a girl who lives on the Canadian side of town, befriends I have been a Korman fan for years. He just gets better and better. This story really appealed to me because the main character lived overseas in a number of places since his mom was an international school teacher. He moves back home after he contracts TB in order to rest and heal. The town that he lives in is on the US/Canada border so that adds interest as well. A couple of dogs (one deceased) play into the story as well. The dog owner, a girl who lives on the Canadian side of town, befriends him and then in an effort to solve the first dog's disappearance they stumble upon an even bigger mystery. Gr 5-10.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aiden.M

    Belief can make things happen that you never thought possible

  6. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Grissom

    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book. Loved this Gordon Korman book and I know the kids at school will too. Fun and refreshing, any fan of Korman will enjoy this mystery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Occasionally I like to read a book written for youngsters (8-12) to see what's being offered and this is a fine example of interesting reading full of real-life experiences in an interesting setting!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Justin S

    Always appreciate what you have

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Whos more notorious on Centerlight Island, Michigan? Al Capone or Barney? To the people of this small community the answer is simple: Its Barney. After all, this is a dog that dug up gardens; he damaged property; he scared children; he disturbed the peace; he stopped traffic; he terrorized cats; he chewed through wires; he used anywhere and everywhere as his personal toilet. Only one person in the entire town loved Barney and that was Zarabeth and she is certain that Barney did not die of Who’s more notorious on Centerlight Island, Michigan? Al Capone or Barney? To the people of this small community the answer is simple: It’s Barney. After all, this is a dog that “dug up gardens; he damaged property; he scared children; he disturbed the peace; he stopped traffic; he terrorized cats; he chewed through wires; he used anywhere and everywhere as his personal toilet.” Only one person in the entire town loved Barney and that was Zarabeth and she is certain that Barney did not die of natural causes. This small town on the border between the United States and Canada was a haven for gangster during prohibition. Al Capone brought his family here on vacation and Tommy-Gun Ferguson (an associate of Capone) may have hidden a fortune on the island. This is something else that Zarabeth is obsessed with/ Into this community enters Keenan. He is on the island, staying with his dad, while he recovers from tuberculosis, contracted abroad while he was with his mother and stepdad. One day as Keenan sits outside in the sunshine, he meets Zarabeth while she is peeking through the bushes at him. This is the first kid Keenan has met on the island because school hasn’t started yet. And boy is Zarabeth, call her ZeeBee, interesting. She’s always going on about her wonderful dog Barney and the hidden treasure left behind by gangsters. She also talks about the lighthouse on the island that is in need of repair, but because it is jointly owned by the US and Canada, neither side wants to pay the massive bill for renovations. ZeeBee knows all about the lighthouse because her Dad is a Canadian Border Office and one of his responsibilities is to keep the lighthouse working. Soon, though, Keenan finds out that the other kids on the island think ZeeBee is just weird. ZeeBee is in a difficult position, after all. The school on the islands is for US students. To get to the Canadian school, you have to ride the ferry. ZeeBee is the only one on the island that goes to the Canadian school. “It kind of stinks because it’s hard to make friends with kids you don’t go to school with. And the kids I do go to school with live on the mainland, which might as well be the moon.” Not unexpectedly, Keenan starts hanging out with kids from school and ZeeBee feels betrayed. And after Keenan and some of his new friends get caught having a party at the lighthouse, ZeeBee refuses to acknowledge Keenan. This is unfortunate because Keenan believes he has found evidence that Barney was, indeed, murdered. So he decides to investigate on this own. Another fun book with great voice and an interesting plot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maria Antonia

    Basic plot: Keenan goes to recuperate from tuberculosis at his dad's house on an island that is split between the United States and Canada. That's when he meets ZeeBee (who lives on the Canadian side). She's obsessed with the history of prohibition-era smuggling. She's also convinced that her beloved dog, Barney, was murdered. At first, Keenan doesn't know what to think about her and her suspicions. But then he starts to think she's on to something... WHATS COOL 1) I loved the history about Basic plot: Keenan goes to recuperate from tuberculosis at his dad's house on an island that is split between the United States and Canada. That's when he meets ZeeBee (who lives on the Canadian side). She's obsessed with the history of prohibition-era smuggling. She's also convinced that her beloved dog, Barney, was murdered. At first, Keenan doesn't know what to think about her and her suspicions. But then he starts to think she's on to something... WHAT’S COOL… 1) I loved the history about gangsters on the island! I'm not sure I'd want to be mixed up with real-life gangsters, but they're fun to read about. And ZeeBee is a fount of knowledge. (That said, from what I can tell, Centerlight Island isn't a real place. There IS an island in the middle of the St. Clair River. However, Stag Island is a private island and belongs to Canada.) 2) Barney Two was adorable. This is the dog that ZeeBee's parents get to replace the dead Barney. ZeeBee can't stand him because he's so different from her former pet. I do like how Barney Two works his way into the plot. 3) It was fun to see the little Canadian vs. American differences... including the name of the island. ZeeBee calls it Centrelight. Keenan calls it Centerlight. I do find it interesting that they both use the metric system for measuring, but that might be because Keenan was schooled overseas?? 4) I liked how Keenan and ZeeBee's friendship develops throughout the book. It was nice to see the ups and downs. 5) The mystery is also quite fun. There are enough clues to figure it out whodunit, but it's not super obvious. WHAT’S NOT COOL… 1) I will say I didn't like the fact that I didn't know what was true/untrue in this book... especially with regards to the island. There's no author's note to explain anything, so I found that a bit annoying. Especially since there is history involved in the story. 2) I do not understand why Barney (the first dog who's dead) was even allowed to terrorize the island in the first place. Just the realist in my raising my hand. FINAL THOUGHTS My rating is 4 Stars (out of 5) – If you like Gordon Korman books, you're in for a treat. I really enjoyed this one!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Thank you to the publisher and author for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This MG book (grades 4-7) is set in a peculiar place named Centerlight Island. Half of the island is in the U.S. and half is in Canada. A squiggly line runs right through the downtown and across the island which means next door neighbors may actually be citizens of a different country! It also means the U.S. kids get to go to the island school and the Canadian kids have to ride a smelly ferry to their Thank you to the publisher and author for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This MG book (grades 4-7) is set in a peculiar place named Centerlight Island. Half of the island is in the U.S. and half is in Canada. A squiggly line runs right through the downtown and across the island which means next door neighbors may actually be citizens of a different country! It also means the U.S. kids get to go to the island school and the Canadian kids have to ride a smelly ferry to their school everyday. This makes it so hard to be friends and ZeeBee really needs a friend. She so badly needs someone to believe her when she says her beloved monster of a dog, Barney, which was notorious for rampaging through the island and destroying anything in his path, was murdered. And no one believes her until Keenan moves to the island. This book will have you laughing out loud as Zeebee and Keenan use every problem solving skill imaginable to figure out the answer to the mystery. And it’s a mystery that may have begun a hundred years ago when gangsters called Centerlight home. You will love the adventures the kids encounter along the way and you’ll cheer to see their growing friendship. This is a great choice for those students looking for either an adventure or a mystery. There are plenty of chilling moments to satisfy those hungry for adventure and so many twists and turns to make a mystery lover reluctant to put it down. It’s out next week - January 7th!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network and HarperCollins/Balzar + Bray for the review copy of Notorious by Gordon Korman. All opinions are my own. Keenan is used to traveling the world with his mom and stepdad, so he is not looking forward to living with his dad on Centerlight Island. Although, Centerlight turns out to be more interesting than he thought when a local girl nicknamed Zeebee tells him about the islands history with notorious gangsters. Zeebee and Keenan work together to try to Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange network and HarperCollins/Balzar + Bray for the review copy of Notorious by Gordon Korman. All opinions are my own. Keenan is used to traveling the world with his mom and stepdad, so he is not looking forward to living with his dad on Centerlight Island. Although, Centerlight turns out to be more interesting than he thought when a local girl nicknamed Zeebee tells him about the island’s history with notorious gangsters. Zeebee and Keenan work together to try to uncover the shocking secrets of the past. Fans of Gordon Korman will not be disappointed! Zeebee is a quirky character that’s stubborn and opinionated, but also brave and cunning. Keenan is the new kid in town and it is interesting to watch him navigate his friendship between Zeebee and the kids that think Zeebee is a little too quirky. The plot has many twists and turns and will be sure to delight any reader interested in mystery or adventure books. This would also be a great book to teach point of view since each chapter is from a different character’s perspective. Most often the chapters are told by Zeebee or Keenan, but occasionally other characters are given a chapter and it is interesting to see their thoughts and feelings about what is happening. I recommend this book for grades 4 - 7.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fern Kuntz

    Notorious is told from the view of multiple characters. The main characters are Keenan Cardinal and Zarabeth Pice. The book starts with Keenan sitting in a lawn chair on his Dad's yard. He isn't allowed to leave the property, because he's recovering from tuberculosis. He doesn't have to leave for anything, because it's the middle of summer. He's very bored. He usually lives in big city's with his mom and stepdad. The town he is currently living in is called Centrelight. It has one half in the Notorious is told from the view of multiple characters. The main characters are Keenan Cardinal and Zarabeth Pice. The book starts with Keenan sitting in a lawn chair on his Dad's yard. He isn't allowed to leave the property, because he's recovering from tuberculosis. He doesn't have to leave for anything, because it's the middle of summer. He's very bored. He usually lives in big city's with his mom and stepdad. The town he is currently living in is called Centrelight. It has one half in the United States and the other half in Canada. He watches a bush for so long he believes it blinks. There is actually someone behind the bush that blinked. She comes out of her hiding spot and introduces herself. Zarabeth is her full name, but she goes by ZeeBee. She has a tiny dog following her that's name is Barney Two. She doesn't pay it much attention. She doesn't like this dog as much as the first Barney very clearly. Keenan knows most of the stuff about ZeeBee and the city of Centrelight within thirty minutes of talking to her. One of the things he learns while in conversation, is she lives in the old house of a gangster. They go on to later find the gangsters gold and find the answers to a mystery that's been waiting six months to be solved. I recommend this book to mystery lovers.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    A stand alone Korman. Keenan is recovering from TB so is staying with his dad on a Centerlight Island - a quiet island literally on the US-Canada border. Half the island is in Canada; half the island is in the United States. All of the island has a notorious gangster history. He learns about this from the first person his age he meets - Zarabeth. She is completely engrossed in the island's history and still recovering from her dog's death. She draws Keenan in and shows him the island from her A stand alone Korman. Keenan is recovering from TB so is staying with his dad on a Centerlight Island - a quiet island literally on the US-Canada border. Half the island is in Canada; half the island is in the United States. All of the island has a notorious gangster history. He learns about this from the first person his age he meets - Zarabeth. She is completely engrossed in the island's history and still recovering from her dog's death. She draws Keenan in and shows him the island from her perspective. After introducing the two main characters, Korman brings in other people who live there. He shows them faults and strengths so readers feel they know them. Their interactions provide the background for the current plot. The kids are typical teens who make a wide range of decisions - good and bad. The adults also reflect the usual make-up of any small community. Keenan and Zarabeth experience the usual ups and downs of a new friendship. As he meet other kids, she feels threatened because she feels excluded. However, Keenan is the one who finds proof that her dog really was murdered and this triggers an entire series of events that lead to them discovering the gangster's hidden treasure. Each chapter is told from a different character's perspective. Primarily this flips between Keenan and Zarabeth but other characters offer their insights throughout.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Trisha Perry

    Keenan has lived all over the world and Zeebee has never left the island except to go to school, but both are restless. Keenan is stuck at his dad's house on the island after a bout of TB and ZeeBee just wants a friend. This unlikely pair works out well until school starts and Keenan stays on the island with all the kids that have teased Zeebee because of her love of the islands notorious historic past. But how strong is their friendship and can it survive Keenan's new friends? This is a Keenan has lived all over the world and Zeebee has never left the island except to go to school, but both are restless. Keenan is stuck at his dad's house on the island after a bout of TB and ZeeBee just wants a friend. This unlikely pair works out well until school starts and Keenan stays on the island with all the kids that have teased Zeebee because of her love of the islands notorious historic past. But how strong is their friendship and can it survive Keenan's new friends? This is a wonderful book of friendship and seeing past what is obvious and looking into the deep, you know, don't judge a book by it's cover. Everyone has a secret but does everyone get to know it, and if you truly believe something is true should you give up on your belief no matter who all doesn't believe you until you find the real truth? There are a lot of secrets to be found out in this book so the suspense is high, but the action is even higher. Mr. Korman's books are written for people of all ages to enjoy even most reluctant readers will find this book along with other series by Mr. Korman very fun to read as I have.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lonna Pierce

    Keenan, recuperating from TB picked up on world travels with his mom & stepdad in foreign places like Lesotho and Shanghai, is living with his dad on unusual Centrelight Island, smack on the US-Canadian border. Since he is forced to recover his energy and stamina by sitting in his backyard, Zarabeth (Zeebee) and her little dog, Barney 2 are his only friends. She passes the time by telling him stories of the Prohibition Era gangsters who used the island as a base for their smuggling and the Keenan, recuperating from TB picked up on world travels with his mom & stepdad in foreign places like Lesotho and Shanghai, is living with his dad on unusual Centrelight Island, smack on the US-Canadian border. Since he is forced to recover his energy and stamina by sitting in his backyard, Zarabeth (Zeebee) and her little dog, Barney 2 are his only friends. She passes the time by telling him stories of the Prohibition Era gangsters who used the island as a base for their smuggling and the legend of Tommy-Gun Ferguson's supposedly hidden gold. After all, she does live in his former house. But, she's also consumed by the idea that her huge pest of a 200 lb. Barney 1 dog was murdered, and Keenan helps her investigate as he recovers his health. Red herrings abound in this middle-grade mystery, as do glimpses of budding friendships and authentic small town community. And even though Keenan "sometimes sounds like a guidance counselor," he makes a spectacular friend.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pam Page

    Fans of Korman will be excited to read this latest book of intrigue and will be kept hanging until the end to find out who is guilty of the crimes Zarabeth and Keenan attempt to solve throughout the story. A unique setting on an island that straddles the U.S./Canadian border adds interest to a place that had past mobsters living on the island. Loved the characters, especially Keenan who went from being an international traveler to living on a small island. There is a lot to explore outside of Fans of Korman will be excited to read this latest book of intrigue and will be kept hanging until the end to find out who is guilty of the crimes Zarabeth and Keenan attempt to solve throughout the story. A unique setting on an island that straddles the U.S./Canadian border adds interest to a place that had past mobsters living on the island. Loved the characters, especially Keenan who went from being an international traveler to living on a small island. There is a lot to explore outside of the book with tuberculosis, geography of the border, and mobsters!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Gordon Korman!! While recovering from tuberculosis on Centerlight Island with is father, Keenan meets Zee Bee, who lives on the Canadian side of the island. Known for being a obsessed with the gangsters who lived on the island and her dog, Barney, she introduces Keenan to Centerlight. Together they find out where Tommy Gun Ferguson hid his gold and who murdered her dog. Both Keenan and Zee Bee are really enjoyable characters. I highly recommend this book to I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Gordon Korman!! While recovering from tuberculosis on Centerlight Island with is father, Keenan meets Zee Bee, who lives on the Canadian side of the island. Known for being a obsessed with the gangsters who lived on the island and her dog, Barney, she introduces Keenan to Centerlight. Together they find out where Tommy Gun Ferguson hid his gold and who murdered her dog. Both Keenan and Zee Bee are really enjoyable characters. I highly recommend this book to middle grade readers!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    A fun little mystery on an island bordering USA and Canada, where a small town lives in the shadow of a monstrous dog that died months ago, and Zerebeth, the only person who loved the notorious beast. Sure, Keenan is technically the other protagonist, but anyone who thinks this book isn't about ZB's love for her demon mutt is kidding themselves. Excellent family-friendly audiobook, one of Korman's best.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    I think that this book was very exciting. I like Gordon's writing style because every chapter the perspective goes back and forth from Keenan and Zeebee. The book was very suspenseful when I was trying to figure out who was watching them. If you liked this book I suggest "The Unteachables" by Gordon Korman or the "Masterminds" series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    LS Johnson

    Another great Korman book. So if you like his style, you will like this book. The changing narrator voices can become overwhelming, but if I know that going in then Im more prepared to read it. I felt like it took a while to get to the action part of the story. I will recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Korman books in the past. Another great Korman book. So if you like his style, you will like this book. The changing narrator voices can become overwhelming, but if I know that going in then I’m more prepared to read it. I felt like it took a while to get to the action part of the story. I will recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Korman books in the past.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Grover

    It was fine. Parts of it dragged on a bit. While I usually recommend Korman's works to reluctant readers, I don't think this is one they would stick with - the pace is too slow. Will purchase for my MS library, but I don't see it flying off the shelf.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved it! What a great mystery! Loved the characters! Makes you want to read more about prohibition since this novel takes place on an island with prohibition era history . One of my favorite writers! Love all his books!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    Another good book by Gordon Korman. I do so enjoy them. I use to buy them for my classroom library and recommend them to students when we went to the school library. If I was still teaching I might be reading this one to my class. Adventure, friendship, and a dog does survive!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. One of my favourites of Korman's over 90+ published books - sensitivity warning for animal lovers that there is a necessary but disturbing scene where the protagonist finds out that animals have been poisoned.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Huninghake

    A mystery, a rambunctious pet, a pack of kids having fun; what could be better? Unless. . . the mystery involves gangsters - the pet is as tall as your car- and the pack of kids are about to get much more excitement than they ever bargained for!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    So many great elements - navigating a complicated relationship (new friends/old friends), gangsters, an unsolved mystery, having two homes due to divorce, giving people a second chance and learning to be flexible. Oh and dogs!!! What's not to like?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Very sweet book. Not a very exciting page turner, but a solid read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Thornton

    Canadian/American gangsters and border wars. Typical Korman, pets, kids in times of change.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    3.5 stars, I found it kind of boring until the end, but probably partly to blame was I was having a hard time focusing on reading right now.

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