When Tom heads out for a sand boarding session, the last thing he expects is to be drawn into a huge mystery. But in the sand dunes, he meets two men, who have set up a makeshift camp and seem to be up to no good.
In the days that follow, Tom has to overcome his fears as he works with his new friend Ellie to piece together the mystery. Ellie’s father died last year in mysterious circumstances and now it seems there may be a link between that death and these strangers. Tom and Ellie have to tread carefully or they, too, could be in real danger.
The Reef is a thrilling story for children. It is fast-moving and packed with action and suspense, keeping the pages turning. Whilst so many children’s mysteries are humorous in tone, this one is serious, but not heavy-going, which will make it appealing to readers aged 10 and up, especially those looking for something a little different.
The Reef, by David Caddy
Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2005