In this middle-grade mystery-adventure, a twelve-year-old girl discovers a grave injustice in the 1980s South when a neighbor is convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Penny must find the courage to use her unique gift - her uncanny ability to foresee the future - to thwart a crazed desperado and find a treasure that will prove her neighbor's innocence.
Poor Penelope Andrews. Her neighbor is being hunted, her friend is comatose after encountering a rogue alligator in a black-water swamp, and her mother has formed the wild impression that Penny has some sort of special gift from God! What else could go wrong? Oh yes: the FBI wants to speak with her. And, a dangerous criminal is stalking her.
About the Author, Paul A. Barra:
Paul A. Barra is an award-winning reporter and teacher, decorated military veteran and former diocesan staff writer, restaurant manager, bartender, health inspector, clam digger, roofer and director of religious education for a Charleston parish. He and his wife Joan have 8 children. They live with their alpacas and chickens in Reidville, in South Carolina’s Spartanburg County.
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"The Secret of Maggie's Swamp" is a wonderful read filled with mystery, adventure and suspense. Even though it started out a bit slow, I totally enjoyed the book once it got up and running...which didn't take long to do so. Once the plot starts going, you will find yourself falling in love with the characters. A great read for middle school kids about 8-12 years old.
I give "The Secret Of Maggie's Swamp" a 4 star rating.
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