Author: Julia Platt Leonard
Pub Date: May 10th 2011
Publisher: Aladdin/ Simon & Schuster
Level: Middle Grade
Rating: 4.5 Birds
When 13-year-old Oz Keillor finds a dead body in his family restaurant, he is soon caught up in a mystery where the stakes are high. His older brother is the prime suspect, and Oz quickly finds out that the murder may be tied to the death of their father years earlier, who was accused of selling nuclear secrets to rouge governments.
With the fate of his family in balance, it's up to Oz to try and crack the case, with the help of his best friend, Rusty. It's a quest that has more twists and turns than the dusty roads of New Mexico—with the answer being closer to home than Oz ever could have imagined.
Cold Case was my first MG book I have reviewed for the blog. When I agreed to read and review it, I have to admit that I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to relate to the character much, being that he’s a 13 year old boy and all. The subject matter proved interesting enough and as I wanted to expand into MG level books I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do so.
Boy am I glad I did! While the book only took me a few hours to read, it was very well written and often I forgot I was reading a MG level book all together!! This book is perfect for the CSI-In-Training you have at home, or if you just like a good mystery/suspense and want a quick read.
The subject matter does deal with people being murdered, it’s handled in a manner that is on the level of the 7-12 year olds it’s geared for. I sincerely applaud Julia for being able to write such an outstanding novel for young people that will keep them intrigued to the very last page. Even I was shocked at some of the twists this one took, predictable this book is not! This book will get their brains moving and force them to try to solve the crime right along with Oz and his best friend Rusty.
My only minor issue with the book was that Oz is left in the care of his brother, who is 12 years older then him, while his mother is in France tending to her sick mother. At one point the mention she is on her way home and days later she still had not arrived home. As I assume she wasn’t walking – this always sat at the back of my mind…”Where is the mother!?”. I think it might be the parent in me that causes me to think like that though. It didn’t hinder the story, but it just didn’t add up for me.
4.5 Birds for Cold Case and like I said, pick it up if you’ve never ventured into MG books. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think that you will too!
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