The Black Book. Sixteen year old Laureth is answering her author father's fan mail as usual when she sees an email that stops her cold. It came from a Mr. Michael Walker who claims to have found her father's Black Book and he wants the reward. There's nothing strange about simply asking about the reward but Mr. Walker wants his money in dollars and Dad is somewhere in Europe. Isn't he?
Carefully Laureth pieces the vague clues together until she is sure something has happened to her father and she is determined to go to New York and solve the puzzle. Abducting her little brother, Benjamin, wasn't really at the forefront of her mind, but in the end that's what it amounts to. She can't make her way through an airport, across an ocean and around a foreign city without him because Laureth was born blind.
Interspersed with facts and stories about some of the greatest minds of our time who have grappled with the concept of coincidence and all it might actually reveal about the universe, the plot steadily builds as Laureth and Benjamin desperately struggle to make sense of the numbers, the entries in their father's book and the fear that just maybe they have seen him for the last time. Ever.
216 pages Ages 12 and up 978-1596438019
Recommended by: Barb, abookandahug.com