In the Mysteries of Middlefield series, readers will be immersed into exciting mysteries and authentic Amish culture.
With a twin brother and five younger brothers, Mary Beth Mullet's house is in constant chaos. Her parents don't seem to mind the noise, but she needs a break from all the pestering and babysitting. It's the summer before eighth grade, and Mary Beth plans to escape to her secret place as much as possible. The old barn in the neighboring field is dangerous, and her parents have forbidden her to go there, but she escapes to it as often as she can.
Mary Beth soon discovers she is not alone in the barn. Someone is living there; someone who needs help. Can Mary Beth help the stranger without losing her secret place? And what if the barn is as dangerous as her parents say it is?
This book was an interesting, quick read. Although there really isn't much of a mystery to this "mystery book", it is still highly entertaining. The real excitement begins after Mary Beth and Johnny discover what is in the barn. I'm not going to say anymore because I don't want to ruin anything. It was also really interesting reading about Amish life. They have not only a different way of living (and speaking), but a different way of thinking. Mary Beth is an extremely likeable character that you instantly want to know more about.
I think that this book would be best for young preteen females to early teens. This book teaches some great values (like personal sacrifice and faith) while helping the reader learn about the Amish and their way of life. I think it would make most American teens/ preteens appreciate their lives more. There is a little while in the book that Mary Beth and Johnny lie to their parents, but I think that it is learned in the end that that was a bad idea.
Overall, this book had me smiling. It was a great story with a happy ending. If you have a 10-15 year old girl, this would be a great book for them.