Top reviews from the United States
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2021
Spy thriller, mystery, adventure! It doesn’t get any better than this for an entertaining story that takes you into the life of a very clever girl whose life is a series of unanswered twists and intrigues. I came to love Laurel and her intuitive pursuit of the truth, and how she unraveled the many questions of family life that come her way. Noted and talented author Karen Keltz spins an engaging tale that makes this middle grade novel a page-turning story for any age. One of my friends praised the book by saying she couldn’t put it down, and I would agree.
Keltz hits it out of the ball park with this tale, and Laurel Hedges and the Evil Lurker joins her first book, Sally Jo Survives Sixth Grade, as clever and engaging storytelling at its finest.
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2021
The “Evil Lurker” is everywhere, everywhere in Laurel Hedges’ life, that is. Laurel is a quirky, independent, observant and very smart preteen who is very aware of her surroundings … and that she is being followed! She is followed everywhere! Riveting, “Laurel Hedges and the Evil Lurker” is a can’t-put-down book which captivates from the first sentence. As you enter the life of this preteen, you realize her life is anything but ordinary and, though she follows the rules (sometimes!), Laurel definitely thinks for herself. She has figured out on her own that her mother is a spy. Doesn’t her mother’s behavior show that she must be? Why do they constantly move from place to place? Why are they being followed, and where is her father? She never gets these questions answered but she is constantly thinking and putting pieces of the puzzle together. She figures out the answers to her unanswered questions. The book is full of adventure, intrigue, and has an ending you will never guess. It is a must-read for all young adults (and older adults!).
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2021
Sassy, precocious, relentless: That’s Laurel Hedges, eleven years old and determined to make it to twelve. Laurel and her mother are on the run from the Evil Lurker, through department stores, on mysterious planes, in the company of Uncle Bill, with the help of Grandma Olivia, Aiden, and blind Uncle J. And always on the lookout for her missing father. This is fast-paced adventure for any tweener (and her parents), leaving Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden (okay, that’s a throw-back) in the dust. Laurel is a hoot, a girl heroine for the 21st century. Keltz gets the voice spot on and weaves a story that leaves the reader begging for the next installment. Well done!
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2021
As a former educator of middle school students, (grades 6-8) I am drawn to young adult genre. While students are the targeted audience, I think adults would find this book slipping a smile to their faces.
“That’s my name, don’t wear it out.” Young adults will be drawn into the story from the first sentence.
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
I very much this book. The characters were clear in description and easy to visualise in my mind. The author grabbed me and my interests from the beginning of the book and didn’t let go. The suspenseful ending ended in a delightful surprise. An enjoyable book all around. Well done, Karen Keltz.
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2021
This was a fun, easy read.
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2021
Loved this! Took me back to what it was like to be 11 years old again. I couldn’t put it down until the end.