Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"Rock Harbor Search and Rescue" by Colleen Coble & Robin Caroll

{{This is an updated review. Originally posted June 25th, 2013, it was updated on April 5th, 2020 to the Official Rating System.}}
About this book:

  “Emily O'Reilly is obsessed with all things Search and Rescue. She volunteers with the team and goes on rescue missions with her stepmom. She is even selling homemade jewelry to save up for her own Search and Rescue puppy. But when an expensive necklace is stolen from a renowned jewelry artist at Rock Harbor's fall festival and Emily is accused of the crime, it looks like she'll never get her puppy and be able to join the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team.
  Emily isn't willing to give up on her Search and Rescue dreams that easily, and she sets out to find the real culprit and to restore her reputation. With a few suspects in mind, Emily is determined to uncover the truth, but she isn't prepared for the secrets she and the Search and Rescue dogs sniff out in the process. This exciting mystery is filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and have them pining after a Search and Rescue puppy of their own!”

Series: Book #1 of the “Rock Harbor Search and Rescue” series. Connected to the series “Rock Harbor” which is aimed for adults.

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, & talked about; Talks about God & His protection; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; Brandon is vague on what he believes, but it seems like he believes in the Windigo as much as Emily believes in God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, pastors, & preaching; A few mentions of thanking God; A couple mentions of sins;
             *Note: Many mentions of an Ojibwa legend, the Windigo (Emily tries not to believe that it is real, but still gets freaked out); Mentions of a necklace that was “blessed” by a medicine man; Mentions of good vs evil; A couple mentions of supernatural things in a forest.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘crummy’, a ‘dumb’, a ‘gosh’, a ‘oh my gummybears’, a ‘rats’, a ‘sheesh’, a ‘shut up’, and seven ‘stupid’s; A bit of sarcasm; Emily’s mom scares her ever since she tried to make Timmy sick on purpose (& mentions of it); A mean girl & her comments; Pain, Blood, & Freaking out (up to semi-detailed); All about mentions of thieves, stealing, & a stolen necklace; Mentions of criminals & attempted murder; Mentions of men who stole money; Mentions of prison; Mentions of almost drowning & remembering it (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of Emily’s mom who left their family; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of rumors & gossip; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of nightmares & monsters; Mentions of divorces & rough patches of marriages; Mentions of wondering/thinking if a dog was caught by predators; A few mentions of cancer; A couple mentions of breaking curfew; A couple mentions of throwing up; A mention of loan sharks;
             *Note: Mentions of the Windigo’s story & trying to kill it (up to semi-detailed); A few mentions of movies; A few mentions of vampires, werewolves, & zombies.

Sexual Content- A hug & hand touch (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of crushes, noticing, & cute boys; A few mentions of girlfriends/boyfriends; A few mentions of boy-craziness & a date; A couple mentions of couples kissing;
             *Note: Emily is embarrassed by her obvious curves & a few mentions that she hates that her chest is larger than all the other girls in her class; A few mentions of a bathing suit model; A couple mentions of plastic surgery; A mention of jealousy over a woman’s figure; A mention of someone butting into a conversation.

-Emily O’Reilly, age 13
                                P.O.V. of Emily
                                           244 pages

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My personal Rating-

A fun middle-grade mystery. I really enjoyed all the Search and Rescue parts and as a dog lover, those were my favorite parts. I haven’t read the Rock Harbor series, but I was able to follow along well. The Windigo story seemed silly to me, but I was happy with the ending.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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