Scared Stiff

Willo Davis Roberts, Author Atheneum Books $16 (192p) ISBN 978-0-689-31692-0
Once again Roberts ( The Magic Book ; Nightmare ) has written an enticing, suspenseful mystery for young readers. Rick, 11, knows his mother did not abandon him and his younger brother Kenny, even if the police do not believe them. Rick had seen her talking anxiously with someone in a black car, and he is convinced this is related to Ma's disappearance. While she is missing, the boys stay with their uncle, who lives in a trailer adjacent to the deserted Wonderland Amusement Park. The brothers explore the park with adventurous Julie and Connie, who befriend them. Since the police are unwilling to investigate, Connie convinces Rick that they must track down Ma themselves. The plot's exciting climax takes place in Wonderland's slippery, winding Pirate's Cave. The clever sleuthing and intriguing setting will make readers want to ride this one to the finish. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
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