Middle grade author Melissa Savage brings readers back to thinking about cryptozoology with “Nessie Quest,” an adventure in Scotland along Loch Ness. When Ada Ru finds out she and her parents will be spending her summer vacation in Scotland because her dad is teaching there, she is not happy at all. In fact, she is miserable.
But what she finds in Scotland is more than just a deep lake. Ada Ru ends up finding friends and a mystery about a possible “monster” living in the depths of the Loch Ness. Is it real or fiction? She joins Dax, a boy also visiting for the summer, and local boy Hamish, who is captain of the Nessie Quest tour boat and knows everything there is to know about the monster. In fact, he is part of the race to find definitive proof that the Loch Ness monster exists. He is also hiding a few secrets of his own.
Ada Ru loves being a member of the trio in their search for the truth about the Loch Ness monster, especially because her father, who grew up there, is a nonbeliever. But Hammy’s grandmother was one of the early researchers before she retired to raise Hammy. Does the monster really exist? That’s a question that young readers will keep wondering about long after they’ve read the last page.
“Nessie Quest” is also about friendship and courage and forgiveness. There’s a lot of humor, too. And readers of “Lemons” (about Bigfoot) will love seeing the two main characters from that book now grownup and stars of the cryptozoology scene. This is a perfect choice for lovers of realistic fiction and adventure.
Please note: This review is based on the final, hardcover book provided by Crown Books for Young Readers, the publisher, for review purposes.