The Secret Underground by Natalie Bahm
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Twelve-year-old Ally is the only witness to a bank robbery in her small town. Unable to block out the memory of the robbers, a notorious gang known as the Gauze Men, Ally joins her little brother and a bunch of neighborhood boys digging a hole in her backyard.
Only the hole isn't just a hole - it's a massive set of tunnels snaking beneath the neighborhood and heading for an abandoned steel mill. Ally is old enough to know the danger, but she reasons spending time with sixth-grade heartthrob Paul is more fun than sitting at home with her worries. And dangerous it is - none of the kids' parents realize the tunnels exist, but the Gauze Men might.
100% of proceeds from this book will be donated to help a baby boy named Jayden, and contribute toward his family's massive medical expenses. Jayden suffers from a combination of congenital problems including Hirschsprung's disease.
Loved everything about this book! One of the best middle-grade books I've ever read.
Not only does the author have a huge heart (all proceeds go to help Baby Jayden), but this story captivates! The pacing and plot were excellent and the characters interactions and personalities brought me back to a time long forgotten. Very fun read. :)
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