Though I’ve never heard of a dog climbing a tree, a person who’s able
to walk around on a broken leg, or a grandmother who can lift a van and
set it up right again, I found
Escape from McWrath Mansion
a cute and entertaining read. Even with its elements of abuse, the
story still holds a light-hearted appeal. Sometimes, though, I couldn’t
tell if I was reading a comedy or a tragedy, as neither aspect mixed
smoothly within the plot.
is a very
strong and determined young lady who makes a lot of mistakes and does
some stupid things, reminding you that she’s just a little girl who’s
far from home. Your heart will go out to her as you applaud her moxie
and courage – and you’ll really, really want to see her get free.
a couple of things about the story don’t really make sense. For
instance, why don’t any grownups believe Liz – or at least enough to
check into it? Given who kidnapped her, why aren’t the authorities (or
her parents, for that matter) able to find her sooner? And why would
Helen risk sending Liz to school a few months after taking her?
multiple plot holes, though, Escape
from McWrath Mansion is still an enjoyable young adult
read that’s sure to capture your attention from start to
Margaret Marr, NightsandWeekends.com