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Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon

(Arlo Finch #2)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  493 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Something was coming. Arlo felt certain about that.

For Arlo Finch and the Rangers of Pine Mountain Company, summer camp is more than canoeing and hiking. It’s also a chance to search for ancient forest spirits and discover mysterious messages encoded in tree bark. But when Arlo and his best friends Indra and Wu stumble upon clues about the long-lost Yellow Patrol, Arlo unc
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Roaring Brook Press
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Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was MADE FOR ME.

Arlo and his pals go to summer camp. SUMMER CAMP.

This book was amazing. All the minor characters got LOADS more development, and I loved the dynamics of Blue Patrol.

We keep getting larger pictures of the scope of the spirit world, and wow it’s spectacular. Really reminds me of Miyazaki films! The imagery was rich and wild and damn I wish I had these books as a kid.

Make sure to read this series. It’s so worth it. And I cannot wait for Book 3 (even though I’m sad it will
Lauren Greene
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
At first, I wasn’t as into this as I was with the first in the series, but it eventually redeemed itself! I love Arlo, his relationship with his friends, the Rangers, and the fantasy land that exists in these books. However, I feel like the magical aspects are still not fully explained and don’t entirely make sense. This book seemed too quick and choppy at first— so many seemingly random events happening, but once it all came together toward the end, I liked how it turned out!
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Hardy boys meet Harry Potter--that is the only way that I know to describe this book. Arlo's Ranger troop goes to summer camp to learn Ranger lore and skills. While there, Arlo learns more about his magical abilities and about his family. This melding of magic and history allows Arlo and the Rangers to solve some potential problems. This is a well-written and very engaging book, and I look forward to the next installment in the series. I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway p ...more
Zach N
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book, it left me waiting for the next one to come out. You really grow attached to the characters and their backgrounds. Arlo who was new to this weird, small town, in the last book made friends who told him to join Rangers. Which he thought was just camping and getting badges, but it sure isn’t there is magical things and animals that adults can’t see or do, and that is called “Wonder”. The second book, in my opinion, was much more exciting because of all of the action. I re ...more
Kaytee Cobb
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first. August is finding his stride, and it's awesome. I need my kiddo to read these, he'll love them! Can't wait for book 3!
Alyson Kent
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Netgalley, for the ARC! Another solid adventure for Arlo Finch, and while I enjoyed his first one, I really loved this second one. Bad thing about ARC’s, I now have to wait a little over a year for the next book. :(
D. H.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
When scouts are wizards, camp better be awesome, and in Arlo Finch #2 it is. This story has multidimensional insects, giant trolls, wind spirits, some spirits I imagine similar to the gentlemen ghouls in the Buffy episode Hush, dinosaurs, time travel, and more.

It's intended for young readers, and it's a great introduction to these themes.

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Cheyoung Youn
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I was reading the 1st book, I thought, 'How can this be better?'
Well, it happened that it could be better.
The first one was fabulous. This is great. More mystery, more adventures, and more themes coming up like trust.
If you liked the first one, just read this, and be careful that you don't miss appointments because of it!
I can already see the 2nd Harry Potter series coming!
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much fun to read. Part Hardy Boys. Part Harry Potter. I have no doubts my boys will devour this series when they are old enough.
Shaye Miller
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won’t share too much as I don’t want to give any spoilers for those who haven’t yet read book #1. But obviously, Arlo survives book #1… 😉 The group of Rangers learn more about ancient forest spirits, mysterious messages, and there’s an interesting time loop that allows a peek into Uncle Wade’s past. Since the first book had a lot of world building and story set-up, this one was able to dive a little more deeply into the mystery and adventure. The third volume is planned for publication in Febr ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was delightful. And I would highly recommend it for people looking for a middle grade series (yes, I know that I wasn't the target audience).

The book was designed to be the middle of a trilogy, so it was somewhat weak in its recall of plot points from the first book. (I read the first book of the series when it came out, so while I was familiar with the story and cast of characters, I didn't remember all the references). As such, would recommend reading the books back to back.
Fie Sejr Ravn Jensen
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh Arlo, you lovely, lovely boy - you deserve ALL my love! Seriously, Arlo is so dear to me. He is so loyal, so sympathetic, SO good. I love reading from his perspective. This book kept me entertained all the way through, it’s just such a nice read that keeps you engaged. Middle grade when it’s best!
Ashley Bishop
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
"There'll be things in your life you'll regret. Dumb mistakes, bad choices. They're like these awful tattoos you can't get rid of. So you wear something over them. Keep them out of sight. That's all I've been doing. Just trying not to look at it."
I really enjoy this series :)
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is the second book in the Arlo Finch series. I got a copy of this through NetGalley to review. This is a well written story with some fun adventure and interesting magical creatures.

Arlo is heading to summer camp with his patrol. However, something very odd happens to him when he stumbles into the Eldritch Realm and sees duplicates of his friends there. As Arlo struggles to unravel this mystery he is also drawn in to the mystery of Yellow Patrol and what happened to them.

This is a well wri
Jacob Blank
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gifted
WOW! Lake of the Moon takes the Arlo Finch story into full-fledged fairytale fantasy, territory that Valley of Fire was a bit more reluctant to visit. Satisfying, full of twists and turns, and a lot of fun without getting too heavy for the age group.

August's most clever writing moments lie within August's ability to explain the illogic of magic succinctly and clearly. He also balances speaking to the middle grade age range without betraying their intelligence or ability to read between the lines
Mark Buxton
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
My name is Arlo, and I'm not sure I should have tossed the rusty flashlight to the Blue Patrol. I still don't know how it could have happened, but the Long Woods is a mysterious place. I've now come to Ranger Camp for my first time, but things are strange. Wu and Indra are fighting, our patrol leader Connor is gone, I'm having strange dreams, and I've somehow gotten on Big Breezy's bad side. Indra says the trees predicted my arrival here before I was born! My Uncle Wade and others say there neve ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Sixth grade was the most normal thing in Arlo’s life. He felt a little unsettled to realize this was the last day."

We reconnect with Arlo Finch on the eve of the last day of school, looking at summer with a foreboding feeling. What would summer have in store? After having just experienced an alternate time, watching his Blue Patrol across an endless chasm and being chased through the Long Woods by a troll, Arlo has much trepidation as he prepares for summer camp. There he will discover more of
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I continue to love this series. This was an excellent sequel to the first. Arlo is growing in confidence, though his overall character remains fundamentally the same: he's smart, observant, loyal, thoughtful, but also highly realistic. He's getting used to taking risks, but he's not ridiculous about them (mostly)

at the very end, Arlo is talking to his sister, and he agrees to take a huuuuge risk that doesn't feel entirely in character to me. There are just too many things that can go
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
First of all, I got this ARC in a giveaway and that in no way affects my review.

I don't read middle grade often, let me start there. But this book doesn't feel like it talked down to it's reader, but also didn't feel like it shut it's more adult readers out. It was a book that just about anyone could read - simple and easy to read, no cursing that I recall (which I'm pretty sure there wasn't any) no real violence, but at the same time it was an intriguing read. I never felt bored or wanted to qu
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
We loved Arlo's first book and the second was a great continuation of his tale of magical, time traveling scouting in the Long Woods.

This time, Arlo and a few members of the Blue Patrol of the Pine Mountain Rangers go into the woods and meet themselves -- on the other side of a broken bridge, deep in the woods.

The other "them" motions for them to retrieve something from under a boulder marked with an "A." It's a flashlight, hopelessly rusted. Arlo throws it over the gap and they open it. In a fi
rodrigo cabeza
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon follows Arlo as he continues his adventure as a ranger (kind of like a Boy Scout). This book is primarily set at a summer camp that Arlo attends with his patrol and many others. The setting was so much fun and definitely a strength of the book. I could tell that the characters were a little bit older in this story and their adventure is a little bit more intense than the last book. There are some new characters as well as lots of time spent with the original ch ...more
Jeremy LaLonde
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this with my 10 year old. I have to say that I enjoyed the first book a bit more. Introducing time travel in a second book in a series is a difficult choice - Harry Potter didn't really escape this issue with it's third story either - and Avenger's ENDGAME is in similar territory. It starts to feel like a cheat - though I really like how they do it here and that it's not something they can necessarily control.
That said, I still really really dug it and I look forward to the next, and seemi
Jason Nadler
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a totally enjoyable read. I know it's listed as middle grade, and while the language isn't flowery or complex, it didn't take any enjoyment away for an adult.
I really enjoyed that there were aspects of the story that called back to the first book but written well enough that there were enough references to those early scenes that even if you don't remember the moment the book offers a gentle reminder.
Totally recommended for kids or adults who want a fun yarn. Totally recalls my Boy Scou
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I gave my kids the option to listen to Harry Potter Deathly Hallows or Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon. A resounding "ARLO FINCH!" was probably heard at the neighbor's house. We finished this book one day before taking my 12 year old to his first week long summer camp. The timing was perfect! Myself, my 12 yo and my 10 yo all enjoyed this book. My son just wishes his summer camp could be a mystical Ranger summer camp. He also wants Arlo Finch movies. And we are all happy with the possibility ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These books are for 4-6 graders, but I just LOVE them!

The adventure & magic remind me of Harry Potter, but Arlo is a much more introspective character & there is a focus on CHOOSING a path, vs a path choosing you.

Seriously, go read book 1! I cannot WAIT for book 3 to come out!
Laura Mauro
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
* I got this book for review from the publisher*

I really enjoyed this sequel to the first book. I loved the new setting of this book and also the new characters we met. I really enjoyed how this book expanded the world and found it so be so intreating. I really enjoyed the mystery as well that was crafted throughout the novel. I thought the pacing of this novel was slow in some points but overall it was still an engaging read. I am super excited for book 3 in 202o!
hallie bertling
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this sequel gives me hope that mr. august's series is going to go the epic lengths that j.k. rowling took us to with harry potter & co.

a stunning, equally exciting, and even more mysterious sequel.
twists and turns, magic and intrigue.
plus, monsters and more camping. ;)

i'm inspired that john's inspired, and i can't wait to read the third book out next year!!
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A page-turner with a wonderfully inventive story and compelling characters. Can't wait for the next trip into the Long Woods!
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