The Secret of Bald Rock Island: Kare Kids Adventures #1 by Charles A. Salter
(Excerpt from Goodreads) Can Kelcie solve the island’s TWO mysteries in time? Ten-year-old Kelcie Oglethorpe’s fisherman father disappeared at sea years ago. Since then, Kelcie has befriended Bald Rock Island’s beloved Mr. Bartleby, a kindly man devoted to the village and its children. He often warns of a mysterious creature he once saw on the island’s bald dome which towers a hundred feet above the sea, yet is hollow inside and connected to sea life by underground channels. Kelcie decides to help Mr. Bartleby solve the island’s two enduring mysteries-what happened to her father, and what the sea creature might be. She learns that Mr. Bartleby was her father’s lifelong best friend. During that terrible storm off the coast of Maine, Mr. Bartleby risked his own life to do everything possible to save Kelcie’s dad, but no sign was ever found. Kelcie criss-crosses the island in search of clues and thinks she knows where she can find the ultimate answers. She resolves to explore the forbidden area of the island, and as she puts the final pieces of the puzzle together, a new storm arises. Can she solve the mysteries and return to safety before the new storm claims her as the previous one did her father? And what will she do when she finally confronts the mysterious creature face to face?
Charles A. Salter
Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Charles A. Salter, Ph.D., S.D. served 28 years in the U.S. Army after seven and a half years as an assistant professor and then tenured associate professor at Spring Hill College. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (1973) and a Doctor of Science in public health from Harvard University (1989). He was licensed as a psychologist by the state of Massachusetts, as a nutritionist by the state of Maryland, and was a charter member of the Prescribing Psychologists Register.
He has written on family matters for the newspaper syndicate Scripps-Howard, Today’s Family, Life and Health, Woman’s World and more. He is the author of sixteen books, most recently the adult fiction series The Ebay Detective. The Kare Kids Adventures series are his first books in middle grade fiction. Charles currently resides in Maryland.
We start the story with Mr. Bartleby sitting in the part feeding pigeons and telling children about the monster of Bald Rock Island. Kelcie is one of the kids listening to Mr. Bartelby. She lost her father in the same storm that Mr. Bartleby saw the monster. Kelcie has decided that she is going to figure out what happened to her father and what the monster of Bald Rock Island really is.
I really liked how independent Kelcie was and how determined she was to find out the truth. I really liked how she showed compassion in the end too. I also liked Mr. Bartleby. He was so sweet and I really liked how he kept searching for information.
This is a great story with lots of adventure and a sad yet great ending. I think this would be perfect for any child starting to read books with a great moral. I really liked the story and cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
I received The Secret of Bald Rock Island for free from PR by the Book in exchange for an honest review.