Review: ROCK HARBOR SEARCH AND RESCUE / by Colleen Coble & Robin Caroll

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue / by Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll

Thomas Nelson (April 9, 2013), ISBN 978-1400321063

INT (MS) Grades 3-6 Rating: 5

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Award-winning author Colleen Coble collaborates with Robin Caroll to present Rock Harbor Search and Rescue, a children’s mystery series set in the familiar Rock Harbor, Michigan, featuring some characters from Coble’s Rock Harbor adult series.

In Rock Harbor Search and Rescue, thirteen year old Emily’s stepmom, Naomi and her dog Charley are part of the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team. Emily wants to be a part of the team and is saving the money to buy a puppy of her own to train.

But when an expensive necklace disappears while in her care, she must prove her innocence to everyone who considers her guilty, including her dad. Only her friend Olivia believes she is innocent. Her dad wants to believe her but the evidence (she has motive and means) makes it difficult, so she turns over her savings to the owner of the necklace.

While she works to clear her name and find the real culprit, she must deal with middle school girl-drama. She grapples with her faith (“Why God would allow her to be accused of wrongdoing?”), as well as the Native American beliefs about evil spirits (“Is the Windingo real?”).

Coble and Carrol do an excellent job of taking that familiar series and creating a good clean mystery/suspense appropriate for upper elementary readers. Coble fans will appreciate the plot twists and a visit with the familiar Rock Harbor characters. This new series will earn new and younger fans.

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue is told from Emily’s point of view and readers will appreciate the realistic narrative. The series includes mystery, action, suspense, and loose ends, leaving room for story development in the next book.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thanks for the publisher and BookSneeze for a complimentary copy of this book.

Carol R. Gehringer

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8 responses to “Review: ROCK HARBOR SEARCH AND RESCUE / by Colleen Coble & Robin Caroll

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  3. jwilliamsonwrites

    Great review! I’ve never read Colleen Coble’s adult series, but I bet it’s fun. I really liked this book too. 🙂

  4. Jill, Colleen Coble writes historical and contemporay suspense. I recently reviewed one of her historical novels, Safe in His Arms (https://worthy2read.wordpress.com/reviews/adult-reviews/safe-in-his-arms/). I’ve been a fan of her Rock Harbor series for years . . .

  5. jwilliamsonwrites

    Ooh, thanks. I’ll check that out. I’ve read her lighthouse series (forget what it’s called) but those are the only ones. If I wasn’t an author, suspense would be my favorite genre. But since I am an author, I don’t get to read many adult books since I’m always reading YA. *sigh*

  6. That’s her Mercy Falls series (Lightkeeper’s Daughter, Lightkeeper’s Ball, Lightkeeper’s Bride) and it too was excellent!

    I know what you mean about adult fiction vs. YA — I review more children’s & YA fiction than adult fiction. So every now and then, I like to read adult fiction as a break. It’s been interested to see some of my favorite authors like Coble and Bergren begin to write YA fiction.

  7. Thanks, Megan and Jill! I likes this book so much that I’m considering making it a book club read next year for our students . . .

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