Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pillage by Obert Skye

"When fifteen-year-old Beck Phillips travels by train to the secluded village of Kingsplot to live with his wealthy but estranged uncle, Beck discovers some dark family secrets. A buried basement, a forbidden wall, an old book of family history with odd references to. . . dragons? Beck's life is about to be changed forever in this suspenseful tale about the destructive nature of greed and the courage to make things right. Pillage is filled with Mr. Skye's signature humor as well as some very intense moments, including a surprise ending, that will keep readers young and old engrossed and entertained."

This book is a fun read right from the beginning. Beck is always getting into some sort of trouble and when he moves in with his mysterious uncle, that doesn't change. Beck starts to notice he has some strange power over plants and when the servants at the house warn him to stay away from certain parts of the house and the grounds, he can't resist. There is always something happening and the story moves forward at a brisk pace. Some great plot twists keep things moving in unexpected directions. I enjoyed reading this and will definitely recommend it to my kids.