Tuesday 9 July 2013

Verity Sparks, Lost and Found

Verity Sparks, Lost and Found by Susan Green (Walker Books)
PB RRP $16.95
ISBN 9781921977886
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

Verity Sparks is a perceptive and intelligent fourteen year old with amazing gifts, especially the ability to find lost things. In the previous book, The Truth about Verity Sparks, her real identity is revealed but she loses her gift for finding lost things after the death of her half brother, Alexander. But she found her father whom she believed to be dead, and a new life away from the struggle for survival. The story is set in Melbourne, 1879.

In book two of Verity Sparks, Papa Savinov wants Verity to become a lady so he’s overjoyed when she is accepted into Hightop House Academy for Young Ladies. But the Academy is not what it is touted to be. She is confronted by bullying, spite and jealousies in various shapes and forms. The Academy’s overall credentials, staff and activities are suspect. This sets off another investigation by Verity with the help of her teacher, Miss Deane.

Although Verity no longer has the ability to find lost things, her power of observation is better than ever. The investigation leads them into a chain of mysteries and the uncovering of truths, lies and misconceptions. Verity is determined to solve the mystery of the missing jewellery and a new person joins Verity’s household.

This series has a fantastic leading character and a splendid supporting cast. The storylines are riveting and fast-paced, intelligent and extremely absorbing. They are ideal for the 12+ age group.

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