Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Jean Flitcroft
Publisher: Darby Creek Publications
Vanessa Day is ready to complete her late mother’s unfinished work of finding the fabled Loch Ness Monster. When she gets the once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Scotland to follow the research, her world is turned around when her father decides to bring his new girlfriend, Lee, along. It doesn’t matter anyway—finding “Nessie” is going to re-link her to her mother.
The Cryptid Files: Loch Ness is a fresh take on the mystery and science fiction young adult genre that is saturated with dystopian themes. It reads like a modern Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew with a compelling plot and conflict, a story of interpersonal struggle coupled with mystery and intrigue. Flitcroft, a native Irish author herself, writes in fast-paced short chapters with small accounts of a “Nessie” sighting. This book is easily a “can’t put it down.”