I discovered this book at my library. The first book of this trilogy had been a wonderful read for me, so I wanted to know how the story about Arlo continues. And it was a pleasant read. Despite everything that had happened to Arlo in book one, he is still very curious. Likes to discover things and to get answers. In here, he gets it all. And more.

Arlo Finch In The Lake Of The Moon
by John August
Arlo Finch Trilogy #2
Publisher Roaring Book Press on February 5, 2019
Genre Fantasy
Pages 384
Format Hardcover
Source Library

For Arlo Finch and the Rangers of Pine Mountain Company, summer camp is more than canoeing and hiking. It’s also a chance to search for ancient forest spirits and discover mysterious messages encoded in tree bark. But when Arlo and his best friends Indra and Wu stumble upon clues about the long-lost Yellow Patrol, Arlo uncovers a stunning history that leads right back to his very own family.
Arlo understands things better now. But in Summer camp he, again, discovers that not everything is as it seems. The lake is an element he can´t really control. And when he realizes that he went into the Long Woods without even knowing it, he knows that he is part of the solution or if you like, the problem.

The story is fast-paced, diversified, and jumps right into the action. The setting is placed at Arlo´s home and the camp Arlo and his friends stay in for a few weeks during the summer. A camp he knows is different from the one, his uncle told him about. But why?

In a bit sarcastic tone, the author brings you close to the life and adventures, Arlo is experiencing in Pine Mountain. This time it is the summer camp. A magical place with many rules. It was good to read the answers to some questions Arlo was asking during the story of book one. But the Long Woods isn´t the only place magic is happening. And the author gives you the answer to why that is. And when Arlo meets one person he only knows as a grown-up, things start to become very fascinating.

Arlo is not like other 12-year-old boys. He is special. Not in a weird way, but yes, special. And in this story, he starts to understand why he has two different colored eyes. I liked the way how he finds out the answers he is looking for and how he starts to understand how things are combined, one way or the other. The way how Arlo acts, how he thinks, and what he believes in are very interesting to read.

Arlo and the reader go through an adventurous and very diversified story. From the town, Arlo lives in, to the Long Woods. This book shows a world full of magic, adventure, secrets and that sometimes a small solution can bring back peace. For all boys and girls who like to read about summer camps or friends who share a magical secret, this trilogy is a perfect read.

Happy reading

John August
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Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, John August earned a degree in journalism from Drake University and an MFA in film from USC. As a screenwriter, his credits include Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, Charlie, and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie. His books include Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire. In addition to his film career, he hosts a popular weekly podcast, Scriptnotes, with Craig Mazin. He also created the Writer Emergency Pack, an educational storytelling tool that was distributed to over 2,000 classrooms in partnership with non-profit literacy groups like 826LA and NaNoWriMo. John and his family live in Los Angeles.


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