Monday, April 8, 2013

Team Novel Teen Blog Tour: Rock Harbor Search & Rescue by Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll

RockHarborSearchandRescueTeam Novel Teen is doing a blog tour for the first book in a middle grade mystery series for girls: Rock Harbor Search & Rescue. This series is based on Colleen Coble's bestselling Rock Harbor series for adults and is co-written by Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll.

Eight-grader Emily O'Reilly is obsessed with all things Search-and-Rescue. The almost-fourteen-year-old spends every spare moment on rescues with her stepmom Naomi and her canine partner Charley. Emily is even saving up for a puppy of her own so she can one day join the Rock Harbor Search-and-Rescue team. But when an expensive necklace from a renowned jewelry artist is stolen under her care at the fall festival, Emily is determined to prove her innocence to a town that has immediately labeled her guilty. 

As Emily sets out to restore her reputation, she isn't prepared for the surprises she and the Search-and-Rescue dogs uncover along the way. Will Emily ever find the real thief--and will she ever be able to join the Search-and-Rescue team?


I was excited to be a part of this blog tour. This new middle school series is right up my youngest daughter's alley. She loves mystery and dogs. This has both. It was very well written. It is not too difficult reading for a younger person but not too easy a read. It is the perfect combination. I loved how the girls (best friends) worked together and asked questions just like on detective shows. 

Emily is a strong character with a determination to work hard for the things that she wants to do. When she is wrongly accused she doesn't just get angry, she does something about it. She searches for answers and the real person who committed the crime. 

One of the things I didn't like was how mean her dad was. He never once gave her the benefit of the doubt. If he knew his daughters character he would have known she wouldn't do something like that. I did love the relationship between her and her step mom. And the relationship between her and her brother. 

The twists and turns kept me guessing who might have done it throughout the book. I highly recommend this book. It is a GREAT book for preteens and even young teens. 


Check out this fun video of the book.

Age range: 8-12
Genre: mystery
Part of a series: Rock Harbor Search & Rescue book 1
Pages: 256
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Released: 2013

Colleen Coble's Website

Robin Caroll's Website


Team Novel Teen is a group of bloggers dedicated to spreading the word about clean teen fiction. Check out other post about Rock Harbor Search & Rescue by Coble & Caroll by clicking on the links below, and click here for more information about Team Novel Teen. 

Book Nook 4 You • Blooming with Books • Christian Bookshelf Reviews • CTF Devourer • Jill Williamson • The Ramblings of a Young Author •Realm of Hearts • Terri Harr • Worthy2Read


  1. Great review, Terri! I felt the same way about this book. Loved it. Loved Emily. Was mad at Dad! LOL She and her friend are great role models. I'm glad these book are being published for the younger age group. I know that my daughter will like them too.

  2. I agree-- thought dad could have been more supportive. Glad to have some newer mysteries for this age group -- can't wait to read book 2!

  3. Emily's dad definitely wouldn't get my vote for Dad of the Year! Loved the book too.

  4. I also didn't like how mean Emily's dad was... Great review! :)