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Review: The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island

September 9, 2016

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island

Summer’s here and the four Fletcher boys are excited about returning to their Papa’s family’s old home on Rock Island.  The house is a tight squeeze for their family but they don’t mind it since they get to explore the lighthouse next door.

When they arrive, they’re shocked to find the lighthouse surrounded by a giant chain link fence with a Keep Out sign prominently posted.  An artist is buying the lighthouse and was injured when he went to inspect it so the future of the lighthouse is in jeopardy.  Things don’t feel quite right to the Fletcher boys, though, and they set out to solve the mystery.

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy is the second book in the Family Fletcher series and it is a gem.  I haven’t read the first book and had no problem jumping right in with this one.  There is much to love about this terrific book, including:

  • The Fletcher boys have two fathers and the author approaches it very well.
  • The Fletcher boys are adopted and they’re diverse.  That diversity is reflected on the cover and race and prejudice are addressed in the book.
  • There are strong male and female characters so this book will appeal to both boys and girls.
  • There’s a fun mystery to solve!

I think young readers will love The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island.  It’s a great tool to start a discussion about diversity and acceptance so I think it would be good for classroom use and should be in every library.  Be sure to check this book out!

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Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2016 5:17 am

    This sounds good; I haven’t heard of this series! (till now)

  2. September 9, 2016 6:34 am

    Yay for diversity. I’ve not heard of this series either, but my boys love mysteries. I wonder if it’s out on audio yet… will check!

  3. September 9, 2016 7:55 am

    This sounds like it was really well done!

  4. September 9, 2016 9:23 am

    This looks like a good read for all ages (even us old guys!).

  5. bookingmama permalink
    September 9, 2016 12:09 pm

    Sounds wonderful. I love that the book features a diverse cast of characters.

  6. September 9, 2016 8:32 pm

    I have the first book on my TBR so I better catch up so I can read the second! Sounds like there’s a lot to love about this one.

  7. September 10, 2016 1:57 pm

    Kathy, this does sound like a terrific book for young people. Excellent review!

  8. elischulenburg permalink
    September 11, 2016 2:26 pm

    This sounds like a great book for me to add to my kiddos’ library – thank you!

  9. September 12, 2016 11:10 am

    I had not heard of this series. Sounds fun though.

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