⭐⭐ out of 5
This is an OKish book but very very short for a Middle Grade read.
If you're looking for a quick read then give this book a go, just don't expect too much from it is all.
I realise that I live in a different country to where this book is set, but is it really wise to talk about openly carrying knives and even regularly going for a trip up a river in a boat that's ready to be put in the tip? Alone?
There is also a lot of telling and very little speech... the total amount of speech in the entire book should ideally have only covered two or three chapters.
Not only that, but the author seems to be writing for adults and has just decreased the age of the main characters 'cos it's more about what the adults are doing and thinking, rather than the children.
Don't expect much from this book. I was expecting more and have been sorely disappointed unfortunately.