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The Einsteins of Vista Point

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Poignant adventure of loving family dealing with loss.

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Ben Guterson's tale of a grieving family, an old tower in the woods, messages in code, and a new friend who may not be quite what she seems is a great summer read with just a bit of the ghostly. Set in 2002, The Einsteins of Vista Point hearkens back to a long tradition of (fairly harmless) sibling adventures. And while some developments seem a bit convenient and many readers will see the big reveal coming long before the characters do, it's a sweet, relatable tale of a loving family of interesting people dealing with a huge void in their lives. Much of the story involves puzzles, codes, and ciphers, and solving them is part of the fun. Petur Antonsson's plentiful, engaging drawings bring the characters to life and add a lot to the book's charm.

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