Saturday, June 13, 2015

Walking and Listening to "The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill"

Blakemore, Megan Frazer. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill. 7 cd's. 8 hours, 11 minutes. Recorded Books, 2014. $45.10. ISBN 978-1-4906-2759-5.

Hazel dreams of being a detective like her idol Nancy Drew. So when she reads in the paper that there is an investigation going on at the local plant, following up on a report that Communists spies are working there and her parents hire a new grave digger who came from seemingly nowhere, Hazel has her first case. She enlists the help of the new boy at school, Samuel Butler. Samuel has a fascination with headstone rubbings which will come in handy as Hazel is convinced that the headstone for a ten year old girl named Grace is important to their case. Is the new grave digger a Russian spy and is this grave where he leaves intel he has gathered? Hazel is bound and determined to gather as much information as she can and get to the bottom of it.

I enjoyed listening to Meredith Orlow read this story. She had a genuine sincerity in her voice and was extremely believable as a young girl who was concerned about what was happening in her community and the angst she felt about a possible nuclear attack. 

One afternoon as I was out walking there was a broken water main by the bridge. This was hours after the main had been broken and the water was still gushing out.

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