READ THE BLURB
Wishes are powerful things, if you belong to the MacClarity clan. You can ask Ernest for anything and he’ll make it come true, even though he’s been dead for nearly a hundred years. Puppy MacClarity doesn’t take the rumors about Ernest too seriously. But when he’s had enough of his teacher’s harassment, Puppy asks Ernest to take care of Miss Pritchett for him. Ernest does and family secrets start to surface like magic. During a summer filled with both fear and fun, Puppy begins to realize that Ernest isn’t the only special thing about his family, and their oddities aren’t just skin deep. Too bad he didn’t know sooner.
READ THE REVIEW
This story is a charmer--told from the points of view of Puppy, the 14-year-old great-great-grandson and namesake of Ernest, and his best friend Frank. I do hope this is the first book of a series, because the author makes allusions to several things that were left hanging in this book--not the least of which is Frank's importance in Puppy's life.
The family Puppy is born into is admittedly odd--from his mother and aunt (who are twins and both artists) to his cousins and sisters (each part of a set of twins). The adult women are bohemian--and a little bit more. And, when Puppy asks Ernest's help to take care of Miss Pritchett, Ernest does so in a way that Puppy never expected.
The best part about the book is their life at the Camp--a summer ritual that frees them all fom the chains of town. It's close enough to town that friends can come and go, but far enough out that the artists are free to indulge their passions--and the children are safe as long as they stay on the property. It would be a wonderful place to hang out!
As Puppy is drawn into the mysteries that surround the Camp this particular summer, however, he learns more about himself and his family than he ever dreamed.
The author did a fantastic job of introducing the family and their talents--the teens are realistically drawn (allowing room for the fantastic elements of their lives). They are not perfect; they have their flaws; but it's just that that makes you feel like you know them.
The mystery is light and not the most compelling part of this book--it's a book of family, friends, and relationships--and I hope to be able to meet this family again.
MEET THE AUTHOR
A.W. Hartoin is the author of the Mercy Watts mystery series and the Away From Whipplethorn fantasy series. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two children, and six bad chickens.
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