Theft of the Star Tracker
By Lisa Tiffin
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
Drew Richfield and his younger brother Alex are on the bus
to Eagle Ridge Prep School. Lost in his
own thoughts, listening to his iPod, Drew ignored Alex as he spoke to him
before walking away.
Alex returns to Drew wildly motioning.
“My bag.” Alex
pointed to an empty seat.
“What bag?” Drew
asked. “I don’t see any bag.”
“Exactly,” Alex whined.
“I told you to watch it, and now it’s gone.”
Another quarterback who was Drew’s nemesis the prior year,
Brett Larson, had taken the bag, leaving the bus to take a taxi. Drew was not as concerned as Alex was about
the bag until Alex explained the science project they had worked on all summer
was in it.
When Drew had been upset to learn Alex would be attending
his school, his father had reminded the boys “how they could never afford Eagle
Ridge without Drew’s football scholarship and now his own academic one. He had even played the mom card, saying how
proud she would have been if she were alive.”
His father went on to insist they work together to enter the
annual science fair, and now the star tracker project they had begrudgingly
worked so hard on together was in jeopardy.
The author weaves a story that will catch reader interest
from the very beginning on the bus, throughout all the tactics Drew and Alex
take to get their science project back, with the accompanying trouble they find
for themselves in the process, right up to the actual science fair and well-executed