Double Eagle by Sneed B. Collard III

Double Eagle by Sneed B. Collard III, (Peachtree Publishers, April 1, 2009 — it’s available now), 256 pages — ages 9-12

Mike is spending the summer with his dad, per usual. But unlike years past, this summer the 14-year-old is not in Florida. This year, 1973, he’s on an Alabama island, where his dad is teaching at a marine lab. Mike’s not too excited about the change at first, but it’s not long before he and his new friend are exploring an old Civil War fort. They uncover more than they bargained for, though, and when a hurricane bears down on Shipwreck Island, tension mounts.

Mike and Kyle are nicely drawn characters. I love the book’s historical and scientific aspects. I don’t often find the sciences portrayed in a fun yet accessible way.

Because we’re inside the head of a 14-year-old male, there’s a bit of juvenile lust on the page, which I didn’t expect. Not horrible, but a little bit off-putting.

Double Eagle is not a wave-making book, but it is definitely a fun read. A great adventure story set in a well-drawn Southern setting against a great back Civil War backdrop.

About the author
Double Eagle is Sneed B. Collard III‘s fifty-second book.

Other reviews
Beth Fish Reads (and an interview with Collard)

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I received this book from the publisher.


4 responses to “Double Eagle by Sneed B. Collard III

  1. The book sounds interesting, but I don’t read much middle grade, so I doubt I’ll pick it up.

  2. I read this one with my nephews in mind — I know they would love it and the idea of maybe finding treasure.

  3. I’ve seen other positve reviews of this one. Good recommendation, thanks!

  4. I haven’t heard of this one. I’ll keep an eye out for it. I don’t reab much middle grade, but my mood usually determines what I’m going to read next.

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