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Trouble at the Blueberry Patch
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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1591297710 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 2003

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Josiah and Kelly are determined to capture a pair of thieves that have been stashing their cache in an abandoned barn. However, the two young detectives are themselves captured and left in a remote cabin deep in the wilderness. And that is only the beginning of their troubles.

Josiah’s faith is put to the test as they face overwhelming circumstances in their search for a way home.

The day that Josiah Kegel's mother told him that he could spend the rest of his summer vacation with his cousin in the small hillside town of Branchtown was the happiest day of his whole summer. He knew that the next few weeks would be anything but dull. What he didn't know was that, before it was over, he would be faced with the most challenging, soul-searching experience he had ever encountered in all of his thirteen years. He also learned that making responsible decisions under difficult circumstances is a very important part of growing up.Trouble at the Blueberry Patch is a young adult adventure novel set in the foothills surrounding a small rural town. Josiah, along with his cousin, Kelly, and pet Labrador, Buster, is abducted by a pair of thieves and brought to a small cabin deep in the wilderness. As he tries to cope with a difficult escape and a perilous search for a way home, Josiah's trust in the Lord is put to the test. He is also surprised by his own ability to think and act maturely under dangerous and frustrating conditions.    Excerpt
My thoughts were coming like ants from an ant hill. My original thinking had been correct. The situation had turned dangerous. But being correct wasn’t of much comfort to me at the moment. And then there was Buster. I had mixed emotions concerning Buster’s attempt to be with me in the pickup. On the one hand I felt a little better knowing that my faithful dog was nearby. But on the other hand I couldn’t help feeling that Buster might have placed himself in terrible danger. It was like being served a plate of ice-cream smothered with spinach.

“At least he’s okay,” I whispered to Kelly.

“What are they going to do to us?” she said in a tiny, frightened voice.

I didn’t know the answer to that. It had all happened so quickly. My brain was not formulating the answers to even my own questions. My emotions were swarming around me like bees, attacking me from all directions. I felt we were safe for the moment. But, I feared what was to come next. It was like being in the eye of a hurricane.

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The room became darker and darker with the closing of each shutter. Eerie streams of light squeezed through the narrow spaces between the shutters and along their outer edges. I could see the uneasiness in Kelly’s eyes as we both listened to the pounding of the hammer. As each nail was driven into the bars and seals of our darkening prison, Kelly’s fearful eyes lowered until they looked as if they were completely closed. She curled up on the far side of the bunk like a wounded sparrow in the corner of a cold wooden box.

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Trouble at the Blueberry Patch Review by Velma Daniels, Reviewer
Winter Haven News Chief

Well-known local author Lorraine Lynch Geiger's high interest mystery for young teens, "Trouble at the Blueberry Patch."

What a thoroughly delightful story of a 13-year-old boy, Josiah, who goes with his parents to visit relatives and his younger cousin, Kelly. As stated, this is a unique book for teenagers as it gives the reader a believable mystery, with kids you will want to follow in future books.

It all seems simple enough. Josiah and Kelly set off on their bicycles followed by Buster, Josiah's black lab. They trek off into the weeds and underbrush to an old abandoned barn when suddenly they sense something is wrong -- an old truck is parked behind the barn and strange, scary looking men are busy doing no one really knows what!

Before they know it the kids become the captives. "The shorter black-suited man had reached into the truck and gathered several short ropes...we were tied securely and shoved roughly onto the floor of the pickup's club cab, back-packs and all." Six terrible days!

A casual trip to pick blueberries turns into a horrific situation. Who finds the two? How did their Christian faith get them through these terrible days? A story to be shared! Lorraine, when will the next Josiah-Kelly book be published?

by Velma Daniels

News Chief, Winter Haven, Florida

Trouble at the Blueberry Patch
Book Review by
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Josiah and Kelly are cousins. Josiah has been invited over to Kelly's house for a few weeks before school starts. She lives several hours away and it's always exciting when Josiah takes a trip over there.

This summer vacation was especially fun because they were a bit older, each having a birthday recently, and could do more things and go more places than before. This time it was trying their hand at being detectives.

The Blueberry Patch is Josiah and Kelly's favorite place to go in town. With both of them loving the fruit so much, it's a wonder why the Patch hasn't disappeared! But something starnge is happening down that way, and Josiah and Kelly mean to find out.

As they were investigating, they spotted two men suspiciously moving boxes back and forth between an abandonded house and a truck. As they moved closer for a better look, the men saw them and kidnapped them both to a secluded place. The men figured they saw what was happening and wanted them to keep quiet.

Josiah and Kelly were kept in a house in the woods. With the men gone, they finally broke free of their bindings and left their confinement.

While trying to find their way out of the woods, they got lost. For several days, they walked around and around, getting deeper into the woods. With wild animals on the loose, and little food and water left in their backpacks, what were they going to do? They are hoping to be rescued soon, but there's no one around. Josiah relies on his faith in God, and tries to comfort Kelly this way as well.

A very good story. As the author points out, it is not at all preachy. It's just about a young boy who believes so strongly in his faith, that that's what is keeping his spirits up even in this grave situation he and his cousin are in.

Wonderful writing and a good storyline makes this a great pick for any young adult looking for an adventurous, fast-paced book!


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Trouble at the Blueberry Patch
Trouble at the Blueberry Patch is a 129-page young-adult adventure novel set in the foothills surrounding a small rural town. Josiah, his cousin Kelly and his Labrador, Buster, are abducted by two thieves and hidden in a small cabin in the forest.
With much difficulty they escape, only to become lost in the wilderness for six-days. The story details the ingenuity of the youngsters in surviving, along with their trust in each other and Josiah’s faith that they will make it back home to Branchtown.
The writer reveals a keen knowledge of teen-age needs, their joy of adventure, their loyalty, and their feelings of insecurity as well as their desire for recognition. Geiger’s talent bubbles with teenage enthusiasm and her skill pulls the cork on teenage energy. Her descriptions would tweak any writer’s cramp.
This is a family-type book with morals surfacing frequently like tiny violets in spring…a story that would entertain in family-group reading or enjoyed alone.

Elizabeth Walker

Sebring News-Sun

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Reviewed by Lynn Barry 9/8/2002
Great writing. This excerpt captured my attention and I believe it will definitely capture the attention of young adult readers..Good luck!

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