"Mr. Struthers does a wonderful job stirring curious histories and cryptic architecture into a suspenseful and fast-paced cauldron of mystery. As the main character wakes to a newly discovered love of literature, so does the reader to a completely original and well-written tale. I'll be testing this book with my students during the next quarter and look forward to watching them live through every twist and turn."
C. S., Principal
"It is so well-written and held my interest to the point I couldn't put it down."
D. C., Teacher
"A great book for middle grade readers -- especially boys--with nonstop action and a cool mystery tinged with Gothic elements..."
M. L., Assoc. Editor
"Takes the reader on a journey of suspense and mystery coupled with devotion and loyalty you can only find in a best friend. The progression of the details keeps the reader interested until the last page. It leaves you feeling good and sets up the series for many more titles to come. Very enjoyable."
N. S., Former Teaching Assistant
"The story blends itself nicely into history, art, and language arts. The perfect mentor text to model various literary reading strategies in the classroom. "
C. L., Instructional Coach
"A fast and exciting read...it led my imagination into the Raiders of The Lost Ark mode."
D. G., Teacher
"A fantastic book and I can't wait for the next book in the series."
"I loved the book. I can't wait until the next one. I couldn't put it down."
M. W., Teen Librarian
"I got hooked on the book. It's nice sometimes to read a middle school level book and thoroughly enjoy it. Definitely get your kids to read this one."
N. H. Westminster, VT
"I ended up reading it nearly straight through. It kept drawing me forth. I will definitely recommend this for my middle grade readers."
K. C., 6th Grade Teacher
"I really enjoyed the book!" Some parts made me think of memories from my own childhood."
K. L., Teacher
"As a parent, I loved this book because it was just as entertaining for me as it was for my daughter."
T. F., Swanzey, NH
"Simply stunning, a new mystery at the turn of the page. Sometimes I don't like mysteries, but this one I cannot stop reading."
"The author did such a wonderful job I almost believed the story was true."
S. S., 6th Grade LA
"It's a well-researched book that's fun to read for 'history detectives' young and old."
T. M., NH State Coordinator
Assoc. of Personal Historians
"The students were really into the mystery aspect of the book and loved the adventure that was entwined within the story. I definitely feel that this book would be great for middle school readers, and while it is an enticing book for boys, most of my girls really enjoyed it just as much."
D. B., Teacher