By Sharon Scott
Were you one of those kids that an adult would call a trouble maker? Were practical jokes a part of your repertoire? Well, meet Jenna Strange. She's just one of those kids, taking out the death of her older brother in the only way she knows how - by tormenting everyone.
Her parents-writers who travel to places claiming to be haunted-decide the best remedy for her latest high jinks is a family vacation to one of these haunted places with Jenna and her sister Reyna. They find themselves at the Wayfarer Inn in North Carolina, known to be haunted others, the notorious pirate Blackbeard,
Upon until arrival Jenna is still up to no good until she is banished to her room. Of course that doesn't stop her from sneaking out to join a group of kids who call themselves The Secret Letter Society: Nathan, Milton, Gabby and Peter. They spend time finding hidden letters from visitors to the inn who record their experiences with ghost at the Inn.
Jenna comes across a unique letter that she shares with the group who isn't that fond of her; however, the letter gives her an in to the group and sets them all on none other than a treasure hunt for Blackbeard's treasure, but they aren't on their own. Three men who have had no luck finding the treasure on their own are right on their heels.
Booby traps and the men on their trail have them on the run with Jenna using her bag of tricks to try and escape their perusers and escape this underground treasure hunt; but they may find the treasure before either of the aforementioned things take place.
The Secret Letter Society is a great YA book. It's such an adventure that I can see a tween not wanting to put down. Even if you aren't into pirates, this adventure helps mold Jenna into a different kid whose struggle with the loss of a loved one can slowly begin to heal by opening up to those around her instead of letting it fester on the inside.