Here is a glimpse into the life
of a nine-year-old who is experiencing all the joys and trials of growing up in
a family of two loving and wise parents, two mischievous twin brothers, and one
(yuck!) older sister. He has quite a thrilling story, and is eagerly relating
his adventures, trusting you will share his feelings as each one of his secrets
becomes discovered, investigated, and finally revealed: Mysteries that have come into his life since
his family moved to their new home in the town of Gravel.
Johnny is torn between the excitement of possessing his special secrets, versus the
guilt brought on by all the lying necessary to keep them from becoming known.
Even so, he still enjoys the fact that the secrets are his alone (at least in
the beginning), and he believes he must protect them, no matter what.
It is apparent the author has a
true love for children and their growth, especially morally and spiritually, as
she openly conceals time-honored character-building truths within the story.
Johnny learns how to consider the thoughts and feelings of others, and the
meaning of "trust".
Be aware that Johnny uses his own
childlike version of the English language to tell his tale. Allowing that, this
simple and suspenseful narrative offers to be a perfect leisuretime
story for elementary and middle school children. Even parents are invited to
return to their youth, tune in to Johnny's mind and . . . Enjoy!!!