Below by Meg McKinlay

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Title: Below

Author: Meg McKinlay

Published By: Candlewick Press (2011)


 On the day Cassie was born, they drowned her town. The mayor flipped a lever and everyone cheered as Old Lower Grange was submerged beneath five thousand swimming pools’ worth of water. Now, twelve years later, Cassie feels drawn to the manmade lake and the mysteries it hides — and she’s not the only one. Her classmate Liam, who wears oversized swim trunks to cover the scars on his legs, joins Cassie in her daily swims across the off-limits side of the lake. As the summer heats up, the water drops lower and lower, offering them glimpses of the ghostly town and uncovering secrets one prominent town figure seems anxious to keep submerged. But like a swimmer who ventures too far from shore, Cassie realizes she can’t turn back. Can she bring their suspicions to light before it’s too late — and does she dare? (Taken from Goodreads)


Fun-filled and mystery-loaded, Below was a interesting read. The summary and back cover were really intriguing, and the book definitely lived up to my expectations.

I enjoyed it; the one thing is, it was very vague and sometimes it took a long time to find out as the reader something Cassie discovered pages ago. However, all the mysteries are answered in the end—it just takes a bit of patience, to wait for the answers until the few last chapters.

Negative Content/Notes:

None I can remember.


It was a good read. The writing was acceptable and I liked the author’s style. It wasn’t anything amazing, but was still enjoyable and entertaining.

Rating: 3.0 / 5.0

Recommended to: Eh…not sure how high I’d recommend it, but probably ages 10 and up.


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