Emily O'Reilly is obsessed with all things Search and Rescue---she volunteers with the team and goes on rescue missions with her stepmom and she even sells homemade jewelry to save up for her own search and rescue puppy. But when an expensive necklace is stolen and Emily is accused of the crime, it looks like she'll never get her puppy and join the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team. But she sets out to find the culprit---only she isn't prepared for the secrets she and the Search and Rescue dogs sniff out in the process.
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Finally a series of great novels for middle school age teens! Colleen Coble has been a favorite author of mine since reading the first of many books that followed and now, just in time she and author Robin Caroll have teamed together to bring you the first in a series of novels designed for young adults. Rock Harbor Search and Rescue begins the new series and is a great mystery for those of you that love untangling the clues to solve the crime.
In this case, eighth-grader Emily O'Reilly is saving up for a Search-and-Rescue puppy of her very own after being involved with working with Charley, her stepmom Naomi's canine. Her parents have asked her to pay for half of the expenses as a way to show teach Emily the responsibility that comes with being partnered with her own Search and Rescue dog. She has it all figured out too. She loves making her own jewelry and hopes during the weekend of the town's fall festival that she be able to make the money no problem.
When a fellow jewelry artist asks Emily to watch her booth while she takes a short break, Emily is more than happy to help. After all she has been creating her own jewelry after Mrs. Dancer's more expensive jewelry creations only hers aren't half as fancy or nice. She ends up selling a few of her pieces before she returns only to discover that her most valued piece of jewelry the Sapphire Beauty necklace is now missing and Emily's cheap imitation is in it's place instead. No matter how much Emily assures Mrs. Dancer that she didn't take it, all the signs seem to point to Emily. Even those closest to her including her Dad begin to wonder if perhaps her real mother's criminal past hasn't come full circle with Emily. Is it possible that she is like her mother after all? She needed the money to pay for the dog she's always wanted, would she be willing to steal for it?
To find out the answers to these questions and more, you'll have to pick up a copy of Rock Harbor Search and Rescue by Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll at your favorite book retailer. I received this novel compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable one. This is just the beginning of an exciting new series of novels geared perfectly for those middle schoolers that are looking for a bit of fun, adventure and mystery to go along with their novels. I rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and can't wait for the next novel due out in the fall of this year.
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Review 2 for Search & Rescue, Rock Harbor
a bit lost at first, but great story
Date:May 12, 2013
Emily is an eight grader who enjoys making jewelry and going on rescues with her step-mom and her dog, Charley. The rescue missions start when someone is lost and a scent dog is needed to find them. Emily hopes to sell enough jewelry to pay for her very own search dog. But before she can get the money she is accused of stealing a very expensive piece of jewelry from another seller. Her parents don't believe her and it's soon obvious that only her closest friend is willing to help her find the real thief.
This book is a children's book that appears to be written in conjunction with the adult series, Rock Harbor. Because I haven't read anything from this series, I was left a bit lost several times in the book. The author makes the assumption that the book will be read by readers of the adult series. My only other complaint would be the portrayal of the dad. I felt very frustrated, even as an adult, at the way he handled the theft with his daughter. But these two things aside, I did enjoy the book. It was full of mystery, boys, faith, and family. I would definitely recommend this to young readers.
I received this book free of charge from Thomas Nelson and The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Colleen Coble and Robin Carroll in their new book "Rock Harbor Search and Rescue" Book One in the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Emily O'Reilly.
From the back cover: In Rock Harbor Search and Rescue, a middle grade fiction novel based on Colleen Coble's bestselling Rock Harbor series for adults, kids will enjoy the mixture of pets, adventure, suspense, and a mystery.
Emily O'Reilly is obsessed with all things Search and Rescue. She volunteers with the team and goes on rescue missions with her stepmom. She is even selling homemade jewelry to save up for her own Search and Rescue puppy. But when an expensive necklace is stolen from a renowned jewelry artist at Rock Harbor's fall festival and Emily is accused of the crime, it looks like she'll never get her puppy and be able to join the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team.
Emily isn't willing to give up on her Search and Rescue dreams that easily, and she sets out to find the real culprit and to restore her reputation. With a few suspects in mind, Emily is determined to uncover the truth, but she isn't prepared for the secrets she and the Search and Rescue dogs sniff out in the process. This exciting mystery is filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and have them pining after a Search and Rescue puppy of their own!
Having made a hit with adults in her Rock Harbor series Colleen Coble teams with Robin Carroll to give us a new heroine in Emily as part of the Rock Harbor characters. The minute I hear search-and-rescue I immediately feel the immediacy of the moment. Someone is missing, there is trouble involved and there is no time to waste. Ms. Coble and Ms. Carroll know exactly how to bring all of that to the story and more. All Emily wants is to save up enough money to purchase her own puppy to train as a search-and-rescue dog while she trains under Bree Matthews. However while selling jewelry at the fair somehow the real piece of jewelry was stolen and people think Emily did it. Now she has a very short window of time to find the thief and clear her name before the puppy that she wants is sold. Danger, suspense, mystery and family troubles "Rock Harbor Search and Rescue" has it all. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you flipping pages to keep up with the story. Ms. Coble and Ms. Carroll have done an outstanding job. I want to have more stories about Emily O'Reilly at Rock Harbor.
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Cara here: Two of my writing friends have come together for a series for middle-grade readers. Set in Rock Harbor, Michigan, the setting for one of Colleen's series, this books brings back characters moms have grown to love in a book that is perfect for 10-14 year olds. Here's my daughter's take:
In Search & Rescue, 8th grader Emily O'Reilly is accused of stealing a necklace. Even her dad believes she did it. Determined to clear her name, Emily begins a search for the truth.
I loved this book (4 out of 5 stars). It's one I'll re-read, especially when the next one releases. I'd read the adult Rock Harbor books and enjoyed seeing all the charcters from those books again.
Emily's deepest desire is for a puppy of her own that she can train to be a search and rescue dog. Her stepmom works with Bree training search and rescue dogs, and Emily can't wait to join their team. But her dad won't let her get a puppy because he thinks she stole the necklace. He forces her to give that money to the woman who lost the necklace. The only way to reserrect her dream is to prove she didn't steal the necklace.
Even though I figured out the mystery, I kept reading because I needed to know that I was right. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Review 5 for Search & Rescue, Rock Harbor
Welcome to a new mystery series for younger reader
Date:April 10, 2013
Award-winning author Colleen Coble collaborates with Robin Caroll to present Rock Harbor Search and Rescue, a children’s mystery series set in the familiar Rock Harbor, Michigan, featuring some characters from Coble’s Rock Harbor adult series.
In Rock Harbor Search and Rescue, thirteen year old Emily’s stepmom, Naomi and her dog Charley are part of the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team. Emily wants to be a part of the team and is saving the money to buy a puppy of her own to train.
But when an expensive necklace disappears while in her care, she must prove her innocence to everyone who considers her guilty, including her dad. Only her friend Olivia believes she is innocent. Her dad wants to believe her but the evidence (she has motive and means) makes it difficult, so she turns over her savings to the owner of the necklace.
While she works to clear her name and find the real culprit, she must deal with middle school girl-drama. She grapples with her faith (“Why God would allow her to be accused of wrongdoing?”), as well as the Native American beliefs about evil spirits (“Is the Windingo real?”).
Coble and Carrol do an excellent job of taking that familiar series and creating a good clean mystery/suspense appropriate for upper elementary readers. Coble fans will appreciate the plot twists and a visit with the familiar Rock Harbor characters. This new series will earn new and younger fans.
Rock Harbor Search and Rescue is told from Emily’s point of view and readers will appreciate the realistic narrative. The series includes mystery, action, suspense, and loose ends, leaving room for story development in the next book.
Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
Emily O'Reilly has a chance to get her own puppy and train it to be a Search & Rescue dog. It's going to cost her, though. She's confident she can make the money quickly by selling the jewelry she makes at craft bazaars. But when another vendor accuses Emily of stealing an expensive necklace, Emily sets out to prove her innocence, which is hard when her own father doesn't even believe her. Will Emily be able to catch the real thief in time to get her puppy and have a chance at her dream of joining the Rock Harbor Search & Rescue team?
I'm so excited about this new series. I grew up on Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys—read every book in both series—so I'm thrilled to find something new and equally as fun. I had no idea people surfed on the Great Lakes and found that fascinating. I liked Emily's character immediately. She's smart and confident. I liked that she had a unique interest and was determined to put in hard work to see her dreams happen. Emily also wasn't shy about telling a cute boy what she believed. I loved that, seeing a girl with enough conviction to stand up for her beliefs, even to a cute upperclassman. Peer pressure does not sway this young sleuth!
I had two little pet peeves in the story. One, Emily's dad was really mean at times. It killed me that he didn't even listen to his daughter, let alone believe her when she said she didn't steal the necklace. I felt so bad for her. Two, Emily copied Mrs. Dancers jewelry designs, sat in a booth beside her, and sold hers at a much lower cost. It's really inconsiderate to copy someone else's work and charge less right beside them, where you can steal all their customers. It seemed a bit unethical for Emily's character. But perhaps I've just worked too many years in the fashion industry and seen too many people put out of business this way.
The plot of this book was great with enough suspects and twists and turns that I didn't have a clue who'd done it. The other characters were excellent. I loved how different everyone was, and I look forward to seeing some of the side characters again in future books. There were also lots of fun seeds plants for further books in the series which will make girls excited to keep reading. Loved this book. Highly recommended for young readers.
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Review 7 for Search & Rescue, Rock Harbor
Rock Harbor Search & Rescue packs a punch & lesson
Rock Harbor Search and Rescue By Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll
Rock Harbor is the destination of tourists and surfers and it is Emily O'Reilly's home. But when a valuable necklace is stolen at the Annual Fall Festival and it is replaced with a copy that Emily made Rock Harbor doesn't seem too friendly anymore.
Suspicion places its eyes firmly on Emily and hardly anyone believes her, including her own father! To make matters worse, her father insists that the money Emily earned at the festival be given to Mary Dancer! How can this be happening? The money she had earned towards the purchase of her Search and Rescue puppy was now gone.
Everyone at school is whispering and pointing fingers at her and her former friend Rachel Zinn outright accuses her of planning the theft and Gretchen Siller backs-up Rachel's story. With the support and help of her best friend Olivia, her younger brother Timmy, and his best friend Dave, Emily is determined to clear her name and solve the case.
Every lead they come up with proves useless. Why would anyone steal a necklace valued at $1000.00? Who could be that desperate and why replace it with the copy Emily had made? If they can come up with the answers to these questions they can solve the case and get back the money Emily had earned for her puppy before it is too late!
Rock Harbor Search and Rescue is an exciting page-turned that both pre-teens and young teens should love as they try to solve the case along with Emily and Olivia. Share in the excitement as Emily goes on search and rescue with her step-mother Naomi. And feel her pain at her father's lack of trust. This is definitely a book that you won't want to put down until you get to the end.
There are also little things that happen throughout the book that will you looking forward to the next one. Like what's going to happen with Emily and Timmy's mom? Will she cause problems? Can she help Brandon overcome his belief in the Windigo?
Have you ever had someone not believe you? Someone like a parent, grandparent, or a teacher? No matter what you said you just couldn't get them to realize that you had told them the truth? And even worse you had never given them cause in the past to doubt you now? If so you will feel Emily's pain at her father's lack of trust. And if you were punished for this thing you didn't do you will totally sympathize with Emily when her father takes away her chance at getting her search and rescue puppy.
I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review all opinions expressed are my own.
What a great teen read. Emily O'Reilly is a sweet, God loving, honor student. She loves her family, which consists of her Dad, her Step-Mom, Olivia, and her brothers Timmy and Matthew. What a young girl doesn't need is to be accused of a crime she didn't commit. She feels like even her Dad has let her down. She was saving to buy her own search and rescue pup to train. Now, she has been accused to stealing a necklace, her Dad made her give the money she made selling her own jewelery to Mrs Dancer. This book will make you feel like there is no one who believes in you. Yet there is much support from her Step-Mom, and other friends, including her best friend Olivia. Travel with this young teens on this adventure that will keep you turning the page. There is a sense of unease when Em's and Timmy's real mother is about to be released from Prison. Also you question some of the people who might or might not be friends. We do go on a few rescues with the dogs, to find those who have lost their way in the woods. We are also up against evil spirits and people who do no know God. I have read many books by both Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll, and this one is very good!
I received this book through the Publisher Thomas Nelson on Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.
Since she herself was rescued by a Search & Rescue canine team six years earlier, 14-year-old Emily has wanted one day to have her own SAR dog and team. She helps her stepmother with searches and is excited to hear that her parents will help her purchase her own pup if she earns half the money. When Emily is selling her handmade jewelry at a local fair, she realizes that she is within sight of that goal. Her dreams come crashing down when a valuable necklace disappears from the next vendor stall and everyone believes Emily is the thief.
In this fast-paced story, Emily faces long held fears, bullying and the loss of her reputation. She and her best friend decide to do some detective work on their own, but realize one-by-one, that their various suspects are not the culprit. Through the experiences, Emily learns to trust God more deeply and she exhibits a growing courage and maturity.
Colleen Coble has produced a fun and believable adventure/mystery story as the first of a series. I believe her audience will enjoy Rock Harbor Search & Rescue and will be looking forward to future releases in this series.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.