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Kid Konnection: Into the Trap

June 2, 2012

Someone has been stealing lobsters from Eddie’s father’s traps and Eddie’s family is dependent on those lobsters to survive.  When Eddie’s father has to go to the mainland for surgery, Eddie decides to take matters into his own hands.  He needs to be careful though, because he suspects his sister might be involved.  As he tries to figure out who’s behind the thefts, Eddie he meets Briggs, who has run away from a sailing camp, and the unlikely pair set off to capture the thieves.

Into the Trap, by Craig Moodie, is an exciting novel for middle grade readers that will probably appeal to boys more than girls.  Told in the third person from Eddie’s point of view, the action takes place in a little over 25 hours.  The book is non-stop action and adventure so you definitely have to suspend disbelief to enjoy it.  That shouldn’t be a problem for the target audience, though.

I thought Eddie was a great character and admired his determination to help his family.  I thought his loyalty to his sister was admirable as well.  Briggs is fun and adds a little comic relief to the tension of the book.

I thought Into the Trap was good, but not great.  The problem for me was all the nautical terms – it seemed the book got bogged down in nautical details and terms and there were times I wasn’t quite sure what was going on because of it.  Young readers, especially those familiar with boats and sailing, would probably enjoy this more than I did.

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Roaring Brook Press.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2012 8:06 am

    I think it looks cute, I would have been lost in the boating terms as well….

  2. June 2, 2012 8:57 am

    My son would probably enjoy this action book, but the nautical terms can be challenging.

  3. June 2, 2012 9:04 am

    I know what you mean about nautical terms! I always get mad when people say sailors were just dumb and uneducated, because they had to know SO MUCH!!!

  4. bookingmama permalink
    June 2, 2012 7:06 pm

    I would probably think the nautical terms bogged down the action. I wouldn’t want to stop and look up words while reading a middle grade book.

  5. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    June 3, 2012 6:14 pm

    Those nautical terms could be very tricky and the difference between a good or great book!

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