I read almost every genre & I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory. As a library volunteer, I'm constantly bringing home novels. Being a substitute teacher, I read lots of YA & children's books.
Twenty-one year old Yosef is headed to America. After returning home from being a prisoner in a German concentration camp, he has no time to rest as his family’s heritage is the line. His family fears the worst from the dictator who is trying to take over their world so Yosef is headed with their family’s prize possessions in hope of retaining their legacy. What waits for Yosef in this land of freedom, is a remarkable adventure. There are others who encroach upon his journey; this simple yet significant task becomes tangled and complicated and before long it has become an adrenaline rush. The present day unfolds and a mother has moved back home with her aging father bringing with her, her teenage son. Grandfather likes poetry, he likes to talk to Blake, only his grandson feels that this talk is nonsense, it’s his dementia that is affecting his speech. Grandfather says he’s talking in code, creating a puzzle, giving Blake clues, only Blake doesn’t know what these clues would be for. While his mother takes grandfather to the store, grandfather waits in the car. When she returns, he is gone. The small town joins together to locate grandfather but he seems to have vanished. Was grandfather talking in code with Blake earlier? Did grandfather health play a key in his disappearance? Why did grandfather give Blake his Spanish doubloon that he treasured? Where is grandfather? Who is grandfather? Blake is determined to find his grandfather and although the town is pulling together, only a few people know how to connect the dots.
Reading about Yosef at the beginning of the novel, I thought this journey was exciting and then when the story opened up and we were brought into the present tense, the story took on another meaning. This story captured more characters, more adventures and more issues creating a colossal scheme of events. Everyone was key, no one was an extra, their lines were all important. This was an entertaining novel.
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