Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Charlie and Frog
I am always on the lookout for a good mystery, especially for my younger readers. But... this one didn't cut it for me.
Charlie's parents have left him with his grandparents while they travel - again - to rescue some endangered animal. His grandparents - well they are not exactly grandparent material. They sit and watch TV all day except when they are off to doctor's appointments. Fortunately Charlie stumbles upon a new friend and a mystery almost immediately. While in the local library he meets a deaf woman, Aggie, who seems nervous especially when two strange men come looking for her. Then she disappears. Why did she sign the word "dead" before she left? What is she hiding? What does it have to do with the deaf school and the famous mystery writer from the town?
All good questions actually but... I think mainly the pacing seemed off. There was a lot of time spent with Charlie trying to get his grandparents to notice him and time spent getting ready for a big alumni celebration but when it came to the mystery and clues it was a bit sparse til the very end.