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by Bonnie Lanthripe
Fourteen-year-old Patrick Morrison
makes a bizarre, unexplainable discovery
while exploring a drainage culvert with his friends. Obsessed with identifying what it is and
how it got there, his search turns up some surprising clues. Certain he has found an answer
to the mystery, Patrick ventures into the culvert one more time for proof. Another obstacle
arises when he is almost swept away when water rushes out of nowhere. Deciding further
investigation is too risky, Patrick persuades the boys to take a break from the hunt and
finish the video they had been working on.
While filming the final scenes of the video, a series of unusual twists uncovers all the
pieces of the puzzle Patrick searched for, bringing a surprising resolution to the riddle.
Praise for The Ringleader
Bonnie Lanthripe's book engages me from the first words, gaining my attention with a tale with
gusto, intrigue and suspense intermingled with animated dialogue. I smiled at the antics of the
bright, curious, and delightful young characters. Her writing skills keep the story moving from
one event to the next, creating a delightful, fun-loving book that is sure to capture the interest
of many. I love to read anything Bonnie Lanthripe writes and hope to read many more of her books.
~ Kathryn Spurgeon, author of Love from the Inside Out
"The Ringleader promises to be a page-turning mystery novel for middle-school readers as they
follow the fun adventures of the young heroes of this story."
~ Louise Tucker Jones, Gold Medallion Award-Winning Author/Inspirational Speaker/Columnist
Successful playwright Bonnie Lanthripe brings her talents for fast pace and crisp dialogue to
fiction for middle age readers. The Ringleader tracks the trends of today's pre-teen
crowd — budding videographers, roaming wild animals, stumbling heroes in mysterious
messes. This book is print for the You-Tube generation. It should be consumed with enthusiasm
by those who order their reading served quickly with a generous side of slapstick humor.
~ Lynette L. Wert, ED.D., Professor Emeritus, Creative Studies Department, University of Central Oklahoma
I originally bought copies of this book for my grandchildren, but I'll have to admit I liked it
too. It has mystery, adventure, sibling rivalry, and humor. This book has everything a middle
grade reader (of an adult who still remembers what it's like to be young) could want. It's a
fast read with a believable teenage voice and a plot that is satisfying but still leaves the
reader wanting more. I was sorry to see it end.
~ J. T. Biggs
For Bonnie Lanthripe's debut middle grade novel, she nails the teen voice. Boys will identify with the
desire for adventures, the attempt to hide things from parents, and the camaraderie with friends. I have
an 11 year-old grandson, & I can see him loving this mostly because of the language, the excitement, and
the ache to explore the world. The good thing is parents will welcome good clean family stories that also
interest their kids. I loved reading it myself & look forward to the sequel. It's a highly recommend for me.
~ Janet K. Brown (Wichita Falls, TX, USA)