Lost in the Bayou by Cornell DeVille

It's the summer of 1963. It's hot and sticky. The locusts are droning in the trees, and Robin Sherwood and her brother, Andy, are in trouble. Their parents have disappeared, and their crazy uncle Conrad with the silver claw where his hand used to be has shown up. Unfortunately for them, he's planning on killing them so he can inherit the Sherwood Fortune.

They've run away to the bayou and the Voodoo Swamp in order to escape his crazy game. Robin would rather take the chance on becoming alligator bait than to face what's waiting for her in the cellar.

This is a YA thriller that will keep both boys and girls turning the pages.
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Yes, I do have to admit that this book was a page turner. It was able to keep up the pacing from the beginning to end. I enjoyed the main characters Robin and Andy, kids that have lost their parents due to a plane crash, just beyond their mansion of a house and now under the supervision of an evil Uncle.

There were two things in the book that had me very confused, but did not deter me from really enjoying the story. They both take place during the children's travels into the Bayou to hide from their Uncle. One of them involving a secret about their parents and the other, somehow the children are able to have an almost superhuman physical strength when trying to get back home. I do not want to go into more specific detail in case you are interested to read the story for spoilery reasons.

I think that the story was very well paced and full of action and adventure. My favorite part being a bit of a psychological thriller at the end.

For those that maybe interested, the story is not too scary for younger teen readers, the worst of it is when the Uncle tells the children he is going to rip out their fingernails. I would recommend this book to Teens or older looking for a quick, fun and interesting read.
Most of the story does take place inside of the Bayou, great descriptions and a setting that makes the reader feel like they are actually there.

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