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A Summer Secret
A Summer Secret centers around thirteen year-old Mary Beth and her twin brother, Johnny and Sawyer, a young runaway.  Set in Middlefield, Ohio, an Amish community, A Summer Secret is the first in Fuller’s “The Mysteries of Middlefield”.  
Mary Beth’s curiosity peaks when she starts hanging around an abandoned barn near her home against her parents’ wishes.  Mary Beth takes a liking to the barn as it serves as a getaway from her brothers.  The more she hangs around the barn, the more strange things she notices.  Soon she notices her twin brother, Johnny, has been hanging around as well and pretty much for the same reason she does.  Johnny simply wants to getaway from it all and the barn proves to be that place. 
A Summer Secret is a wonderful read for the 10-14 year-old group.  Mary Beth’s caring spirit comes through in this novel as we see the friendship between she and Sawyer develop.  However, the book doesn’t delve much into the lives of some of the other characters.  A Summer Secret seemed to read as some of the author’s novellas leaving the reader with many more questions than answers.
Overall, A Summer Secret offers a glimpse into the Amish community through the eyes of a curious little girl.  Younger readers may not be as critical of the lack of character depth or ponder much about the rest of Mary Beth’s family and may appreciate this as part of their summer reading.

The views expressed in this post are my own.  I have received a copy of the book in exchange for this review.

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