- The Washington Times - Friday, October 20, 2006

By Robert Mozayeni, age 10

Luxmanor Elementary School, Rockville

I read Pete Hautman and Mary Logue’s “Bloodwater #1: Snatched,” the first of the “Bloodwater” mysteries. “Snatched” is an interesting mystery story about the disappearance of a girl named Alicia and how two teenagers, Roni and Brian, try to find her and discover the truth.

Some things I’m not going to tell you because I don’t want to spoil the book for you.

Roni Delicata, a reporter for the school newspaper, the Bloodwater Pump, and her sidekick, Brian Bain, are working hard together to find out what happened to Alicia, a new student at their school. She claims she was attacked. But who would attack her? Alicia says she didn’t see person’s face. Or is she just hiding something?

Later on, after many fruitless investigations, Alicia is kidnapped. Could the kidnapper be Driftwood Doug, a strange man wandering around town, not speaking to anybody? Or Tyrone, Alicia’s boyfriend? Or her biological father, who is divorced from Alicia’s mom? (Alicia lives with her mom, her stepfather and her brother.)

Roni is having a hard time figuring out the disappearance. Suddenly, Brian is able to figure things out and find Alicia where he least expects her. Everything is cleared up: Brian finds Roni and explains everything, where he found Alicia and what happened to her.

It turns out that the least-expected person attacked her, and another unexpected person is responsible for her disappearance. Brian’s mother, who is a police officer, is able to deal officially with the investigation. In the end, all mysteries are solved.

I would recommend this book to older elementary and middle school students who enjoy a good mystery filled with suspense.


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