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. Volume XXII Number 41. . . .June 22, 2016
In this prequel to Close to the Heel (Seven: the Series) and its sequel, From the Dead (The Seven Sequels), 14-year-old Rennie is looking forward to spending a couple of relaxing weeks with Grandma while his father, aka The Major, is overseas on assignment. Rennie expects to be at home and at school (as The Major dictated), but Grandma tells him to pack quickly because they have reservations at a ski resort in California. The trip is great fun at first until Grandma injures her ankle on the slopes, reducing her presence to dinner conversations. On his own, Rennie makes friends with Annie, a young Harvard-bound woman who works in the resort’s kitchen. Complications set in when Annie’s uncle arrives, demanding she quit her job and move back to India to be with her grandmother. It’s clear to Rennie (although not necessarily to Annie) that Uncle Raj is not being completely honest, but the truth is murky. In an exciting climax, someone determined to get access to Annie’s trust fund lures her to an area where an avalanche is planned (see the excerpt above), resulting in a horrible “accident”.
Kay Weisman works as a youth services librarian at West Vancouver Memorial Library and chairs the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada’s Information Book Award.
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