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The House on the Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Mar 17, 09

bookshelves: children-fiction, mystery
Recommended to Jackie by: NIkitha G.
Read in March, 2009

Britt Lassiter, 12 lives in the shadow of her perfect brother, Bran, 16. They are the children of Becky Lassiter, who at 33, looks and acts like a kid herself at times. Becky was disowned by her parents for marrying at 17 and running away. They've fallen on hard times most of their lives and struggle to make ends meet. Becky dreams of being a doctor, and perfect Bran has found a way to make it happen. He miraculously gets a job house-sitting during the summer for the elderly couple he does lawn-mowing for. They can live in the house free-of charge while maintaining it. Becky quits her job to take advantage of summer school classes with an eye on getting a scholarship for single moms. As the summer goes on, Bran becomes moody, defensive and sneaky. Britt knows something is up... and makes it her mission to find out what it is. When the mystery is unraveled, Bran, Britt and Becky's lives are not only a lie, but they are in danger of losing everything and it is up to Britt to smooth things over. The House on the Gulf is a mystery that deposits little clues systematically throughout the story, leaving the reader wondering what the next clue will reveal. A great kids' mystery novel.

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