HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Ghost Lights of Dry Brook: MotoMysteries Book 2
Author: Sherri Kukla
Publisher: S&S Publishing, Inc., 2020
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 9 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Kukla, Sherri. Ghost Lights of Dry Brook: MotoMysteries Book 2 (Published in 2020 by S&S Publishing Inc.). Jeremiah and Millie Anderson live with their father and mother on a ranch in the desert where they can ride their dirt bikes all around. Their closest neighbors are the Morgans who run the Ridge Riders Lodge about fifteen minutes away and have two children, Paisley and Donovan. All the youngsters are being homeschooled by their parents. The Andersons are also providing foster care for a little boy named Caleb whose mother is in prison. When they see some mysterious lights at night, they learn about old rumors of ghost lights in nearby Dry Brook. Also, while out on their off road adventures, the brother and sister see some strange activities at an old abandoned store. Then all of a sudden, Caleb starts saying that the lights mean that his “sissy” is out there.
What is causing the lights? Is there any connection between them and whatever is going on at the vacant trading post? And does Caleb really have a previously unknown sister somewhere in the desert? Pre-teen and early teen fans of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew will love reading the MotoMysteries series which incorporates faith, dirt bikes, and mystery. There are a few common euphemisms (e.g., gee and gosh), but Ghost Lights of Dry Brook has a family friendly theme full of life lessons and the importance of making good choices. The author sprinkles in references to and about God with an underlying message of wholesome values, such as having love for others, friendship, kindness, and honesty. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger encouraging the reader to continue, which makes this a great read for even the reluctant reader with its fast paced and action packed plot. The next book in the series is Phantom Ship in the Desert. There is also a “Christmas Mini-Mystery” entitled The Christmas Miracle.