The 120th anniversary of the disappearance of seven children at Headmaster's Cave is approaching and Dougie and George receive a mysterious email enticing them to visit the cave. Katie, the boys' newest friend, encourages them to take on the spooky quest, but before the group can begin Dougie winds up missing. Katie and George devise a plan to find their friend, but when they catch a glimpse of him heading towards the Headmaster's Cave with a stranger, they're afraid they might be too late. Should they turn back and inform the police and finish their mission to locate their friend?
Although the story gets off to a slow start, it's definitely worth hanging in there because once George and Katie venture off to the Headmaster's Cave things really get exciting. Rickety bridges, mangy dogs, an old witch, and creepy forest are just a few of the dangerous obstacles that lie before George and Katie on their trek. At first I had a hard time liking George, as he seemed a bit whiny, but his loyal friendship to Dougie and Katie is enduring and in the end I was proud of the group for overcoming so much.
The author does a great job of writing and organizing his story so it will appeal to middle graders. The mystery is intriguing and the adventure is fun. I recommend picking up a copy.