Rock Harbor Search And Rescue

Monday, April 8, 2013
Emily pressed her lips together. She needed to figure out what really happened to the necklace. Soon. Before her reputation was trashed.

Book: Rock Harbor Search and Rescue by Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2013

Genre: Mystery
Target Audience: Girls 12-16
Subjects: Fear, Superstition, Family Relationships
Summary: It’s a beautiful necklace. That’s why Emily made an imitation of it. But she would never dream of stealing it! Unfortunately that’s what everyone thinks. Someone obviously did steal it and they are allowing the blame to be placed on Emily. Even her own dad doesn’t isn’t entirely confident of her innocence. The consequences of it are terrible too. She had to take the money she was saving to purchase a search-and-rescue dog and use it to pay the owner of the necklace. And kids at school are making fun of her. Emily has learned a bit about searching from going with her stepmother, Naomi on searches. It’s up to her to use searching skills to rescue her reputation!
Notes: This is the first in a new series by an author of many adult books. Rock Harbor is a series about people in a community who make up the K-9 search and rescue team. This is a spin off of that series focusing on the teenagers in the community.
One of the issues dealt with in this book is superstition. A friend of Emily’s believes in the Windigo, a mysterious being that lives in the woods, causing harm to those it comes into contact with. Emily has to wrestle with her own beliefs about it and about God. Another issue dealt with is relationships with parents. Emily knows her dad is keeping a secret and is terrified it means something awful. She has a hard time trusting her dad. In return, he has a hard time trusting her innocence when the necklace is stolen. A resolution is come to by the end, but we see the characters, particularly Emily struggle to maintain a proper relationship with one another.
Overall, this book does a good job with spiritual elements. Emily’s beliefs are rooted in the truth of Scripture. She doubts, but openly prays, asking God for help or understanding and comes back to the truths she knows.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 Timothy 4:7 – Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

This book was given to me for free through Team Novel Teen in exchange for my honest review.
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Anonymous said...

Good review -- makes you wonder why she didn't make something totally different than an imitation of the necklace?

Jill Williamson said...

Nice review! The Windingo stuff was really interesting and handled well.

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