Almost thirteen-year-old Gabriel Marx struggles with just about everything, from school, to relationships, to navigating between his divorced parents. He arrives in New York City for his annual summer visit with his attorney father who finds himself caught up in the mystery surrounding the murder of one of his clients. It is not long before Gabe finds himself smack in the middle of the intrigue and more determined than ever to prove himself to his dad.
Gabe encounters various players in the unraveling mystery, learns to trust the friendship of eleven-year-old Alex, and that of the renowned, but now discredited, Professor Phineas Foster. Twists and turns and seeming coincidences reveal previously unknown family history and harrowing choices for Gabe.
Will the children solve the murder? Will their determination lead to the truth? Will the professor be vindicated? Will the scoundrels who sought to corrupt the professor's lifelong work be brought to justice?
G.B. Gurland has been an educator for over forty years. She has extensive experience working with school-age children, adolescents, and young adults with reading and literacy challenges. More recently she has turned her attention to writing children's books, and has edited and published several workbooks in the area of vocabulary development. The Secret Files of Phineas Foster is her first middle grade novel.
Amazon Review 14/11/16
I've just completed reading this marvelous mystery. While written for middle school level students, its storyline is both apropos and completely enjoyable for their parents as well. The fast paced action holds the reader's attention throughout. In fact it's quite difficult to put it down and is easily read from start to finish in just a couple of hours.
Of particular value is the message it discretely conveys ~ that each of us has our own personal talents , sometimes valued by others and sometimes not. Yet we each have the inner resources, if we believe in ourselves, to use our personal style to accomplish far more than might seem possible. Bravo to Ms. Gurland on her first book! I hope she writes many more!!