Say hello to The Blue Umbrella. This young adult book by Mike Mason was just what I needed to remind myself of all that is good in the world.
Feeling similar to the Harry Potter books, young Zac Sparks is tossed into a house with his Aunties after his mother is struck by lightning and killed.
As you may have guessed, the aunties are far from nice. They never say his name, choosing to call him "Boy" and enjoy beating him with a cane.
From his window, Zac watches the man who runs the Porter's store. The man always carries a blue umbrella with him.
As Zac learns more about the history of his aunties and the town, he discovers that things may not be as they seem.
Is there a ghost in the store's attic? Why do his aunties love to beat people with their cane? Where does this beautiful singing voice come from?
An adventure teeming with a positive outlook on life, this first book in the series is a winner for all ages.
This book was provided for review by David C. Cook publishers.