When Jason's grandmother dies, he's sent down to her home in Florida to help his father clean out her things. At first he gripes about spending his summer miles away from his best friend, doing chores, and sweating in the Florida heat, but he soon discovers a mystery surrounding his grandmother's murky past.
An old, yellowed postcard...a creepy phone call with a raspy voice at the other end asking, "So how smart are you?"...an entourage of freakish funeral goers....a bizarre magazine story. All contain clues that will send him on a thrilling journey to uncover family secrets.
Award-winning author Tony Abbott weaves an intriguing and entertaining mystery of adventure, friendship and family.
I bought this by accident; grabbed it off the Award Winner list thinking it was the "Edgar Award Winner, Best Fact Crime, 2009" but in reality it was the "Edgar Award Winner, Best Juvenile, 2009."
Still, it was enjoyable, the kind of book I would've been all over as a kid. All the stuff that used to be my favorite plot devices: absent, distracted or "hands-off" parents, mysterious strangers with unknown motives, an attractive but initially stand-offish member of the opposite sex who becomes a trusted parter, and lots of clues that lead the two on a treasure hunt.
The treasure? Appreciating and understanding a grandmother's past in a way that helps a parent through a bad patch. The kids get to save the day in this story... but only if they can solve the mystery in time.
The narrator was pretty good. He often made me laugh at his portrayal of the main character's frequent bewilderment: "Whaa-aa-at?"
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
This book is very well written for young teenagers. It's not for adults. It's refreshing in that it is a good mystery, well written. and has no explicit foul language or sex.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I have a hard time finding new authors and am often critical of some of the books I start, but this held my interest from start to finish. It's mostly about 2 kids who begin (and complete) an investigation into the background of the boy's late grandmother. So this ends up being a story within a story. I found the story quite exciting. A real good listen.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I cannot say anything more than this was awesome. I loved the mystery in the mystery in the mystery. It was complete awesomeness.
If you could sum up The Postcard in three words, what would they be?
Fun, Light, and Suspenseful.
What other book might you compare The Postcard to and why?
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children based on interesting borderline on non-realistic characters. Any detective novel pre-1960 with a mix of scavenger hunt.
Which character – as performed by Lincoln Hoppe – was your favorite?
I really enjoyed listening to Dia's(sp) father. It was a very clear picture of who he was. I would have liked to have seen better character development for the love interest though, but for what the narrator was able to work with I thought he did well.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes. I bought it on a Friday and I am typing this on a Monday.
Any additional comments?
I had just wrapped a heavier type novel so this was nice to listen to a story where the guesswork is framed in a way that simplicity is achieved in regards to the story. I enjoyed it very much, but I can see where reviews are there that this book is geared for teens. I am a born & raised Floridan; so I was able to picture things very clearly which added to my earlier comment about a simple framework.