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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The Hermit of Kennecott is an engaging fourth entry in the Jaspa's Journey series by Rich Meyrick, well-crafted for young readers and fans of adventure. The story follows Jaspa and his friends—Sam McRae and her brother Ben, Bisckits, Portia, and Gravee—on their Alaskan adventure. But when one of them gets infected by the mysterious flu, they find themselves racing against time for a cure. Their search brings them to an abandoned ghost town. Their only hope is that the elusive Hermit who inhabits the town might have the cure.
The Hermit of Kennecott is a beautiful story filled with humor. It opens with strong imagery when Jaspa is awakened by a fearful cry in the decaying ruins of a derelict peak, high above a ghost town in one of the remotest corners of Alaska. The characters are introduced immediately and, slowly, the conflict that forms the backbone of the story begins to take shape. Their experience of the mysterious flu is the turning point in the story. I enjoyed the crisp writing and the dialogues that are real and natural, and I particularly enjoyed the way Gravee, the Scottish one, speaks. It was fun following these characters that I cared about, and the author did a wonderful job in writing the relationship between the characters. Gravee was my most favorite and he stood out in many ways. The Hermit of Kennecott is suspenseful, a tale of adventure and mystery that explores the friendship between interesting young characters as they navigate a world filled with danger.