Sep 20, 11
Read from September 13 to 20, 2011
I was bored by this book - and disappointed. It doesn't even pass muster as a "young adult" book; quite frankly, I doubt I would have liked it even as a middle-schooler. The premise is interesting - a mystery built around a collection of old photographs owned by an eccentric grandfather whose stories of once living in a house full of peculiar children during WWII nobody quite believes. But the book's characters are cardboard-like and their emotions and motivations so simplistic that I can hardly credit that any self-respecting pre-teen would give it a thumb's up.