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For Corbett Griffith III, divorce and two busy parents mean goodbye city life, hello great outdoors. With their busy Chicago careers and schedules, his parents just don’t seem to have any time for him. When his mother sends him to his uncle’s Wisconsin fishing resort for the summer, Corbett feels that there’s no one pulling for him or caring what happens to him.

But all of that changes at Whispering Pines Lodge, Corbett learns he is never really alone, thanks to his Uncle Dell, who takes care of him, and his new friend Pike, who pulls him into one mischievous adventure after another. It’s a summer of change for ten-year-old Corbett–even his name changes, when a cute girl calls him “Griffy,” a nickname he likes enough to keep.

When Griffy catches two elusive walleyes, he is surprised to discover how much he likes fishing. Eager to test his newfound skills, he and Pike are stunned to hear that a seventy-pound muskie is on the loose. They resolve to catch the ferocious fish, no matter what. For Pike catching a world record muskie would be about the sport. For Griffy it would be about something more. Maybe, just maybe, if he caught that fish is parents would take notice.

Think alligator. Think prehistoric beast. Think mean.

Will they be able to catch the muskie and stop it from attacking anyone or anything?

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"Horror and action readers would like it, as should suspense readers or anyone looking for a fast, thrilling, and occasionally edge-of-your-seat read. "

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When he is sent off to his uncle's in Wisconsin for the summer, city-dweller Corbett thinks he's in for a miserable time with no TV or internet, stuck fishing on the lake. An encounter with a bear and a dead beaver does nothing to change his view. But when prey fish start disappearing in the lake, and a seven-year-old girl is attacked, a record-breaking muskie is suspected of living in the lake. While the townsfolk debate how to profit from the record breaking fish, Corbett and his new friend Pike decide to go and catch it.

A mixture of horror and action in the style of Jaws, this small town adventure is a thrilling read. Characters who rapidly develop beyond initial impressions, slickly-written action scenes and genuine suspense all combine to produce a very good read.

Despite the age of the protagonists, this is probably not suitable for children, although teenagers should enjoy it. Horror and action readers would like it, as should suspense readers or anyone looking for a fast, thrilling, and occasionally edge-of-your-seat read.

Rating: 4



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Tregaron (23 March 2017)
This was that rare thing: a children's book with enough tension and suspense to keep me reading to the end. Even though the casualties are not fatalities, the injuries to the attack victims are sufficient to justify the kind of reaction the local authorities put in place, and there's genuine suspense when people enter the water.

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