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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In the suspenseful coming-of-age novel, The Mystery of the Glowing Locket by Liam Moiser, two young friends solve a centuries-old mystery involving a mystical locket. A bully in school coerces Olivia to visit an abandoned ghostly house. Olivia knows she has to do what Becky says, or she will have no friends left in school. While visiting the old house, she bumps into Lauren, whose family has just moved to town. Later, both girls realize they are wearing identical lockets and begin researching their history. The story is interspersed with details about the locket, which, according to legend, glows when it is close to the great treasure hidden in the eighteenth century. It follows the stories of those who once held the locket and others who, out of greed, tried to obtain it.
The story opens with a gripping scene that includes a man whose ship has just been wrecked and he is running away from a pirate. The scene drew me in. Other characters’ stories from different periods are also exciting. Lauren and Olivia are endearing heroines. I appreciated that the story explores preteen friendships, including their issues. It contains valuable examples of how to deal with bullying. I loved that the girls formed a close friendship and helped each other throughout. The plot includes many exciting scenes in which the protagonists are forced to risk their lives and outwit dangerous villains. The Mystery of the Glowing Locket by Liam Moiser is an adventure-filled story with appealing heroines that children will love.