Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dig Too Deep

Happy Saturday!  It is April 2.  On this day Congress passed the Coinage Act and created the U.S. Mint in 1792.  In 1800 Beethoven premieres his first symphony in Vienna (he was 30 years old).  The first full-time movie theater (Electric Theater) opens in the United States in Los Angeles in 1902. The soap opera As the World Turns premieres on CBS in 1956 (it was a 30 minute show at that time).

Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer is a young adult novel.  Liberty Briscoe has to leave Washington, D.C. because her mother, Jamie is in jail.  The trial will not be for approximately fourteen months.  Liberty is going to her grandmother’s home in Ebbottsville, Kentucky.  Granny is happy to see Liberty (it has been a few years since they last saw each other).  Liberty finds that her grandmother is not well.  She also finds that their water is orange.  Peabody Mining Company has decimated a nearby mountain and are destroying the local water (Granny uses well water).  Granny states that Robert Peabody had the water tested and the company said it was okay to drink (did you notice who paid for the testing).  Liberty takes Granny to the doctor and finds out that Granny has cancer (already stage four).  Granny is not the only townsperson who is ill.  It seems that many people on the Eastern side of the mountain (with well water) are ill and quite a few are dead.  Liberty starts investigating.  She is determined to get the mine shut down.  However, Robert Peabody (and people who support him) are against Liberty’s digging.  Then a shed catches on fire at Briscoe Farm.  This is just the start.  Liberty will not be stopped.  Who will win the battle?

When I started reading Dig Too Deep, I thought it was going to be another young adult book with a girl hooked on a boy (there is some of that), but Dig Too Deep has much more.  The novel drew me in and held my interest until the end (for the most part).  I am not sure that Dig Too Deep is giving the right message to young adults about how to handle such matters, but I do like the ending of the novel.  I give Dig Too Deep 4 out of 5 stars.  Please be aware that there is a scene in the book where there is violence to a dog (fair warning).

You can follow Amy Allgeyer on Amazon to get updates on her latest releases.  Ms. Allgeyer is also on Facebook.  I received a complimentary copy of Dig Too Deep from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I just started reading The Rebel by Marta Perry.  It is raining again in our area (makes for a dark and dreary day).  For some bizarre reason, Doozy (one of my dogs) has decided he does not like it when it is wet outside.  You should see me trying to shove this big dog out the door so he can go to the bathroom.  I bet the neighbors are getting a good laugh (they think it is funny when he climbs up the tree so he can see into their yard).  I hope all of you have a nice, relaxing Saturday.  I am enjoying the Outlander marathon (the new season starts next Saturday).  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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