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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Secret of Four Notch by Tracy Sabin is a kids’ fantasy story. Danny is all set for his summer adventures with his friends until his parents uproot him and they move to Washington State, a town where they don’t know anyone. Danny can’t handle losing his friends and moving to such a middle-of-nowhere place, but then he meets Kip Yotter. Kips shows Danny around but when they meet Mr. Wolf, they learn of a strange place called Four Notch, a secret place where time is not what it seems. Danny decides to run away but finds himself stuck in a place a long time ago. Can he get back to his own time? And what will he learn as he tries to get back?
The Secret of Four Notch by Tracy Sabin is more than just a kids’ fantasy story. It’s a tale of personal growth, learning to accept change, the effects development has on the environment, and much more. It is a page-turner and makes for an engrossing read as Tracy Sabin skillfully moves from one era to another, giving us an insight into life at the time. The characters are great, well-developed, and very likable, with clear, engaging dialog that flows well. This story also teaches kids about the struggles of growing up, how to deal with change, and how not to fly off the handle whenever something doesn’t go your way. It’s about navigating the minefield of life as you transition from child to adult and there are some pretty valuable lessons to be learned. This is an enjoyable story, and Tracy’s writing style draws clear images in your mind, allowing you to feel part of the story. Highly recommended reading.