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Final Word: The Winterton Deception, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Lively, heart-filled tale of words, ciphers, family secrets.

Final Word: The Winterton Deception, Book 1 book cover: Two kids stand on either side of a mermaid water fountain outside the front of a spooky mansion

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Janet Sumner Johnson spins a wild, heart-filled tale of ciphers, puzzles, spelling bees, and long-buried secrets as poor teens meet their wealthy long-lost relatives at the family's forest mansion. Before the Final Word has been spelled and Jane Austen's manuscript rediscovered, there are plot twists and perils galore, plus lots of poignant moments as twins Hope and Gordon, 13, who've always been a unit, start to seek new friends -- and discover that people who seemed scary, perfect, and snobby have relatable troubles of their own. The fast-moving plot keeps surprises coming right up to an ending that sets up further adventures in the next installment.

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