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Both the legends and true history surrounding Superstition Mountain serve as the foundation for this series. This book also incorporates Apache tales of the Thunder God and an ill-fated Native American woman. Henry enjoys using -- and explaining -- sophisticated words he's picked up in his reading, such as "homogenous," "macabre," and "sanctified," and he references several classic books.
The kids are resourceful, helping each other scare off a mountain lion, unravel mysteries, and decode clues. They learn to balance each other's wishes and needs and generally do the right thing, even when it isn't to their benefit. They wrestle with issues of privacy and respect and demonstrate how acting brave can be courageous enough.
Positive Role Models
Henry's especially empathetic and thoughtful. As the children's adventures focus on burial sites, he's considerate of Delilah, whose father has died. He's especially taken with the intersection of past, present, and future and what we leave behind when we die. Delilah's assertive in protecting the late Uncle Hank's privacy when the boys want to read his letters. The boys' parents are helpful and supportive when the children draw them into the action. A friend of their late great-uncle's is particularly gracious and warm to the boys.
Violence & Scariness
After hearing the Apache story of the cursed gold, Jack's terrified that he might die before he has a chance to return his gold flakes to the mine. The children are stalked by a mountain lion and injured in a harrowing flash flood. Spoiler alert: Adults try to scare and harm the kids by triggering rock slides and shooting at them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The boys' late Uncle Hank is described as having been a "player," which Henry helpfully explains as "something bad" -- a man with a lot of girlfriends and no meaningful relationships.
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Products & Purchases
A few brands are mentioned in passing: Neosporin, Band-Aids, Altoids, and Monopoly.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Revenge of Superstition Mountain is the third and final book in this solid historical adventure series. The story blends history and legend for a satisfying mystery reminiscent of the Hardy Boys in tone: There's no crude language or modern snarkiness, and the kids are great role models. Much of the plot in the third book centers on grave sites and possessions left behind by deceased relatives, inspiring one of the boys to give considerable thought to the passing of generations and the mark they leave.
Is It Any Good?
REVENGE OF SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN is an entertaining conclusion to this charming adventure mystery, making up for slow pacing earlier in the series. The kids return to familiar scenes from the earlier books -- the cemetery, a ghost town, and of course the mountain -- but this time the threads are pulled together nicely.
The action picks up in this final installment, with new twists and answers to long-simmering questions. But it's Henry's contemplation of the passing of generations that's likely to stick with readers. As the kids visit graves and sift through the past, Henry considers how the past influences the future and what remains behind when a life ends.
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