Author: Hawkins, Rachel
Faced with a mysterious, deadly fog bank in a seaside Scottish village, new friends Nolie and Bel look for ways to stop it--coming across an ancient spell that requires magic, a quest, and a sacrifice.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.30
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 187428
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 6.60
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 72147
School Library Journal (08/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2016 Gr 4–6—Hawkins's latest middle grade novel is a spooky tale of friendship and adventure set on the gloomy and fog-shrouded coast of Scotland. Nolie Stanhope isn't looking forward to spending her summer in a remote village in Scotland, until she learns about the Boundary, the mysterious fog bank lurking just off the coast of the village of Journey's End. While her scientist father searches to unearth the secrets of the Boundary, most of the residents of Journey's End seem content with fearful coexistence. When a strange boy appears on the beach and the Boundary starts moving closer to the shore, Nolie and her new friend Bel must search for the truth and find a way to stop the Boundary before it's too late. The story is well paced and suspenseful, and readers are sure to relate to the doubts and thrills as Nolie and Bel overcome their apprehension and become great friends. The family relationships are especially poignant, and several secondary characters help to progress the plot and provide tension. The dreary Scottish weather and a liberal sprinkling of Scottish slang and jargon add to the atmosphere; however, there isn't much depth to the myths and mysteries that create the Boundary, which makes the easily accomplished ending feel somewhat unsatisfying. VERDICT A suspenseful book; recommended for younger middle grade readers who would like something slightly scary that doesn't delve deeply into more ominous themes.—Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library, RI - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.