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Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard

Posted by Caitie F on October 8, 2013

Title: Turn Left at the CowTurn Left
Author: Lisa Bullard
Hardcover: 304 pages
Pub Date: Oct 8, 2013
Publisher: Harcourt
Rating: +++++

Summary from pub:

Thirteen-year-old Trav has always wondered about his dead-before-he-was-born dad. But when he heads from California to his grandmother’s house in rural Minnesota, hoping to learn about his past, he gets more than he bargained for. It turns out his dad was involved in a bank robbery right before he mysteriously disappeared, and the loot from the take is still missing. Along with Kenny and Iz, the kids next door, Trav embarks on a search for the cash. But the trio’s adventure quickly turns dangerous when it becomes clear that someone else is looking for the money—someone who won’t give up without a fight!


I always enjoy a good mystery and I always enjoy a solid middle grade book. Whenever I read a middle grade novel that also happens to be a mystery full of twists and turns, I get really excited and tell everyone they should read it.

Hey, everyone? Read this book!

It blends everything a good middle grade book needs.

There are fantastic characters. Every single one is great. From the lead, Trav, to his seven-year-old neighbor, every character is fantastic. The bad guys bad, the good guys are funny, and you totally believe them all as real people. My personal favorite was Iz, mostly because she didn’t take crap from anyone, yet could still be vulnerable. I could see any of the main character easily being fast favorites.

The book is funny. Some was silly, some was laugh out loud, but parts were genuinely amusing. Not all of the book though, it is also a little sad at parts, but so is life. The funny, the sad, it all works and just makes you feel.

It also has great family dynamics. In our world now, every family is different, but there are still some aspects that we can share and some of those are highlighted in this book. It also shows that everyone has problems and you shouldn’t just brush someone off because your problems seem bigger.

The mystery was great too. It twisted and turned. It wasn’t predictable, it wasn’t out of left field. There was suspense and more than money is on the line.

When I finished this book, I was happier than when I had started. It made me happy, even with the sad bits. This is a wonderful middle grade mystery that you really should read.


One Response to “Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard”

  1. This sounds terrific! I’m sure I would have loved it as a kid.

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