Author: Ally Carter
Series; Winterborne Home #2
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 2, 2021
The follow up to the first Winterborne Home is just as good, if not better, with more mystery, action, adventure, and so much more! Young readers are in for a real treat!
After all the craziness of finding Gabriel Winterborne alive and helping get his uncle arrested for attempted murder, April and the others living at the Winterborne estate thought they had found a home and happy ending. The kids are the only ones who know that Gabriel Winterborne is not only a famous billionaire but also a vigilante. He’s not the only one, another masked figure breaks into their house and the kids fear for their safety and home they have created with one another. April and her friends must work together to solve a mystery that is decades old and find a way to stay together.
The second edition in the Winterborne Home series is just as good as its predecessor, an action-packed adventure that had me more drawn in and connected to the characters than the first one. One of the best aspects about this installment was the character connection. I was connected in the first but not on the level I was with this one. April had a way of pulling at my heart strings at every turn. She has been through so much and just when she thinks she has a home and family, everything gets turned upside down once again. After April, Tim would be the strongest character and I hope we get to see him develop further. It would be nice to see more from all the other kids as well. I feel as if there is still so much story to tell in this series and hope there is more to come.
This is the perfect book for Middle Grade readers, a fast paced, engaging story but at a level that won’t be over their heads and will keep them into the story and wanting more. I read this one ahead of my ten-year-old reading it to be able to talk with him about it and see if it would interest him and be appropriate for his level. I am happy to check off a big yes to all of those. Not only will those his age enjoy it, but parents can read it and enjoy as well. It is refreshing to read/be able to recommend a good, clean, engaging book for young readers. This will be a great series for boys or girls and those that love a good mystery.