By Lois June Wickstrom and Jean
Inspires a Child’s Love
A boy must choose between
keeping a treasure and saving a monster in Nessie and the Living Stone,
by Lois June Wickstrom and Jean Lorrah, http://www.lochness-monster.com.
Craig's family, including
his bratty little sister Linda, are on holiday at Loch Ness where Craig
has plans to capture Nessie, the famed Loch Ness Monster. Instead, she
Wickstrom and Lorrah have
written a clear, compelling story of a child’s moral choices, and
learning to care about the world around him. The authors deftly handle the
siblings’ growing affection and developing independence as the story’s
events demand their strengths. When Craig faces his ultimate test at the
door of Nessie’s grotto the reader feels the difficulty of Craig’s
As the story opens, Craig’s
goals are fame and fortune. He finds a fascinating blue stone that leads
him to Nessie’s grotto. There he finds everything he could want: a
treasure chest of Viking gold and a magnificent stone carved by Merlin
himself. Even Nessie does his bidding. It’s all there for the taking.
But the price would be Nessie’s life. Nessie’s and her children’s.
Linda’s fondness for
flowers adds humor and pathos to this affectionate tale. The mysterious
landlady at the bed and breakfast provides hints in the form of chores.
And a local fisherman seems to know where they are going before they know
themselves. So does the bossy coast guard officer who wants to kill Nessie
and stuff her and put her in a museum.
On one level this is an
adventure story with a satisfying ending. It’s also a tale of a maturing
sibling relationship and a growing awareness of the world. Mostly, it’s
a story about Nessie. As the landlady says, "Most of the folk around
here think that we need Nessie—to give this place a bit of mystery.
Truth is she needs us—to keep her house in order."
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