Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon (Arlo Finch #2)
Something was coming. Arlo felt certain about that.For Arlo Finch and the Rangers of Pine Mountain Company, summer camp is more than canoeing and hiking. It’s also a chance to search for ancient forest spirits and discover mysterious messages encoded in tree bark. But when Arlo and his best friends Indra and Wu stumble upon clues about the long-lost Yellow Patrol, Arlo uncovers a stunning history that leads right back to his very own family.

Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon (Arlo Finch #2) Details

TitleArlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon (Arlo Finch #2)
Author
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherRoaring Brook Press
ISBN-139781626728165
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon (Arlo Finch #2) Review

  • Alyson Kent
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Netgalley, for the ARC! Another solid adventure for Arlo Finch, and while I enjoyed his first one, I really loved this second one. Bad thing about ARC’s, I now have to wait a little over a year for the next book. :(
  • Meg
    January 1, 1970
    The Hardy boys meet Harry Potter--that is the only way that I know to describe this book. Arlo's Ranger troop goes to summer camp to learn Ranger lore and skills. While there, Arlo learns more about his magical abilities and about his family. This melding of magic and history allows Arlo and the Rangers to solve some potential problems. This is a well-written and very engaging book, and I look forward to the next installment in the series. I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway p The Hardy boys meet Harry Potter--that is the only way that I know to describe this book. Arlo's Ranger troop goes to summer camp to learn Ranger lore and skills. While there, Arlo learns more about his magical abilities and about his family. This melding of magic and history allows Arlo and the Rangers to solve some potential problems. This is a well-written and very engaging book, and I look forward to the next installment in the series. I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy this series :)
  • Karissa
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in the Arlo Finch series. I got a copy of this through NetGalley to review. This is a well written story with some fun adventure and interesting magical creatures. Arlo is heading to summer camp with his patrol. However, something very odd happens to him when he stumbles into the Eldritch Realm and sees duplicates of his friends there. As Arlo struggles to unravel this mystery he is also drawn in to the mystery of Yellow Patrol and what happened to them.This is a well wri This is the second book in the Arlo Finch series. I got a copy of this through NetGalley to review. This is a well written story with some fun adventure and interesting magical creatures. Arlo is heading to summer camp with his patrol. However, something very odd happens to him when he stumbles into the Eldritch Realm and sees duplicates of his friends there. As Arlo struggles to unravel this mystery he is also drawn in to the mystery of Yellow Patrol and what happened to them.This is a well written book that I generally enjoyed. I do wish a little less time was spent on camp politics and friendship issues. Additionally, this book deals with time travel which is always a bit of a mess. August over-explains that whole result of the time travel portion a bit too much.Things tie up nicely in this book though and the story is set up for the next book in the series “Arlo Finch in the Kingdom of Shadows” which is set to release in 2020.Overall this was a solid book in the Arlo Finch series. I do think kids will enjoy this series more than adults. For me there was a bit too much friendship drama and camp politics, I wanted more focus on the mysterious creatures and the Eldritch realm. I am unsure whether or not I will continue with this series at this point. That being said this is a very well done middle grade fantasy series and I think many will really enjoy it.
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  • Orange
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I got this ARC in a giveaway and that in no way affects my review.I don't read middle grade often, let me start there. But this book doesn't feel like it talked down to it's reader, but also didn't feel like it shut it's more adult readers out. It was a book that just about anyone could read - simple and easy to read, no cursing that I recall (which I'm pretty sure there wasn't any) no real violence, but at the same time it was an intriguing read. I never felt bored or wanted to qu First of all, I got this ARC in a giveaway and that in no way affects my review.I don't read middle grade often, let me start there. But this book doesn't feel like it talked down to it's reader, but also didn't feel like it shut it's more adult readers out. It was a book that just about anyone could read - simple and easy to read, no cursing that I recall (which I'm pretty sure there wasn't any) no real violence, but at the same time it was an intriguing read. I never felt bored or wanted to quit reading it. There was a small section towards the end, maybe a chapter and a half, where I wasn't clear on what was happening. That was the sole reason I deducted a star, and yet, it didn't really take away from the whole of the story - I was confused but I still got the gist of the story. Characters were memorable and lovable, and everything was mostly tied up at the end except the light cliffhanger for book 3. On a side note, I started on this one, Book 2. I did not feel overly confused, most things were explained to an extent I didn't feel it necessary to read book 1 first... But I will go buy book 1 soon.
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  • rodrigo cabeza
    January 1, 1970
    The only reason I’m giving 4 stars as opposed to 5, is because it has some very slow parts (nothing too concerning). The second half of the book keeps you hooked and edgy. I do think when the “time travel” concept is used there is a high risk involved, the risk of not making sense.I hope the 3rd book doesn’t involve Arlo going to China through the long woods, it’s a long shot, I just don’t see how it will pan out without some serious exaggerations that may be out of place. I know John August sai The only reason I’m giving 4 stars as opposed to 5, is because it has some very slow parts (nothing too concerning). The second half of the book keeps you hooked and edgy. I do think when the “time travel” concept is used there is a high risk involved, the risk of not making sense.I hope the 3rd book doesn’t involve Arlo going to China through the long woods, it’s a long shot, I just don’t see how it will pan out without some serious exaggerations that may be out of place. I know John August said in his podcast that he signed for 3 books, there are many mysteries and open questions and at the rate they are being resolved, we will need more than one more book.
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  • Lauren Greene
    January 1, 1970
    At first, I wasn’t as into this as I was with the first in the series, but it eventually redeemed itself! I love Arlo, his relationship with his friends, the Rangers, and the fantasy land that exists in these books. However, I feel like the magical aspects are still not fully explained and don’t entirely make sense. This book seemed too quick and choppy at first— so many seemingly random events happening, but once it all came together toward the end, I liked how it turned out!
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  • Chelsea Van
    January 1, 1970
    These books are for 4-6 graders, but I just LOVE them!The adventure & magic remind me of Harry Potter, but Arlo is a much more introspective character & there is a focus on CHOOSING a path, vs a path choosing you. Seriously, go read book 1! I cannot WAIT for book 3 to come out!
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  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    A page-turner with a wonderfully inventive story and compelling characters. Can't wait for the next trip into the Long Woods!
  • Wendy Kuzma
    January 1, 1970
    I am really loving this series! I can’t wait for book 3 next year! I also like the fact that there are discussion questions at the end....might have to do a book club with my students. 😊
  • Shelby Toren
    January 1, 1970
    What a fantastic sequel! I so enjoyed learning more about Arlo Finch’s history, and thought the time travel element was extremely well done. Can’t wait for the next one!
  • Mariana Calderon
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured this follow up to Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire! I think I may have even enjoyed it more than the first - while I loved Valley of Fire, there is a TON of set up before any real action hits, something I don't mind, but that I feel some younger readers might. Lake of the Moon, however, uses its exposition cleverly, placing small mysteries before the reader like puzzle pieces, inviting them to fit it all together corners-in as Arlo does so himself. There's a teasing setup for a sequel I devoured this follow up to Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire! I think I may have even enjoyed it more than the first - while I loved Valley of Fire, there is a TON of set up before any real action hits, something I don't mind, but that I feel some younger readers might. Lake of the Moon, however, uses its exposition cleverly, placing small mysteries before the reader like puzzle pieces, inviting them to fit it all together corners-in as Arlo does so himself. There's a teasing setup for a sequel without being frustrating, and great character development among Arlo and his friends! An easy win for me, and one I'm very excited to handsell to lovers of Percy Jackson, Lumberjanes, and shows like Gravity Falls!
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  • Benjamin
    January 1, 1970
    ***THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FROM A GOODREADS GIVEAWAY***As a Boy Scout that grew up in northern Colorado, I was a little surprised to read a book like this that was able to combine the supernatural elements that would fit well in the Harry Potter universe with the pseudo-military structure and trappings of the scouting program. Of course, I’m also kicking myself for not writing these books myself first, because the two elements combine so well that the fusion is natural and fun to read. The icing ***THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FROM A GOODREADS GIVEAWAY***As a Boy Scout that grew up in northern Colorado, I was a little surprised to read a book like this that was able to combine the supernatural elements that would fit well in the Harry Potter universe with the pseudo-military structure and trappings of the scouting program. Of course, I’m also kicking myself for not writing these books myself first, because the two elements combine so well that the fusion is natural and fun to read. The icing on the cake was having the main character go to a summer camp with a “Redfeather Lake” and a layout that seemed suspiciously similar to the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch that I regularly visited when I was a scout.Coming in on the second book of this series, I didn’t feel too out of the loop with what had happened in the previous entry. The events were mentioned frequently enough that I could get a sense of the plot of the first book. This was still done in a way that didn’t spend too much time in former exposition and added to the plot of this particular book. Unfortunately, I felt there might have been some explanations included in the first book that left me with unanswered questions by the end of this one. For instance, how do no adults know about these supernatural elements of the Ranger program? Surely there are pamphlets and books that they can obtain/read since their children are participating in the program. I know I’d be a suspicious parent if the Boy Scouts suddenly had an “Invisible Creatures” merit badge.While I also felt the co-ed nature of the Rangers was approached in a utopian nature, I can understand that the realities of the hormone-fueled teenage years could have made this a more mature book not intended for the middle-grade and younger young adult crowd. Overall, though, there was plenty of mystery, excitement, and creative ideas explored that I wouldn’t mind checking out the first book in this series, let alone any subsequent entries.A perfect blending of Boy Scouts and Harry Potter, I give Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon 4.0 stars out of 5.    For more reviews of books and movies like this, please visit www.benjamin-m-weilert.com
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  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon by John August, 384 pages. Roaring Brook (Macmillan), FEB 2019. $17.Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (danger)BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ADVISABLEAUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGEIts been six months since Arlo arrived in Pine Mountain and found out about the Long Woods. One day Arlo finds a strange passage and sees himself and his friends across the chasm. Before he and the others can puzzle out what as actually happening, they must first head off to Ranger su Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon by John August, 384 pages. Roaring Brook (Macmillan), FEB 2019. $17.Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (danger)BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ADVISABLEAUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGEIts been six months since Arlo arrived in Pine Mountain and found out about the Long Woods. One day Arlo finds a strange passage and sees himself and his friends across the chasm. Before he and the others can puzzle out what as actually happening, they must first head off to Ranger summer camp. Unfortunately, they have a newcomer in their patrol – Thomas, which means they can’t discuss or investigate the earlier mystery. Nothing is as it seems at camp either. The danger is imminent and the mysteries abound. There is certainly plenty of mystery in Arlo’s second book. While we learn a bit more of Arlo’s family history, The Long Woods are not much explored, which disappointed me. There is plenty of danger and wonder. And August pulls off the time traveling pretty well.Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLShttps://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2018...
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  • Rachael Bookfairs
    January 1, 1970
    I tore through this follow up to Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire. I loved the first book & think I enjoyed this second installment even more. I can strongly recommend this to kids looking for an adventurous romp through a world both familiar and fantastical.
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    In a matter of mere seconds after finishing Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, it's guaranteed readers will be compelled to begin the second volume. Hardly a heartbeat will pass before the first book is set to rest and Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon (Roaring Brook Press, February 5, 2019) written by John August is picked up and the first page is turned. Immediately we find ourselves in a scenario real and highly impossible at the same time.My full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogs In a matter of mere seconds after finishing Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, it's guaranteed readers will be compelled to begin the second volume. Hardly a heartbeat will pass before the first book is set to rest and Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon (Roaring Brook Press, February 5, 2019) written by John August is picked up and the first page is turned. Immediately we find ourselves in a scenario real and highly impossible at the same time.My full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...
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  • Soup
    January 1, 1970
    I was a great fan of the first Arlo Finch book and, thus, greatly excited to read the second. While this particular volume started out slow for me, I was fully hooked and 100% back on Team Arlo by the end. The series is getting somewhat darker, so parents of sensitive kiddos should still use caution (this was also the case with the first book), but for those old enough or hardy enough to manage a bit of monster and trans-dimensional mayhem this is a great addition to a cracking new series. ARC v I was a great fan of the first Arlo Finch book and, thus, greatly excited to read the second. While this particular volume started out slow for me, I was fully hooked and 100% back on Team Arlo by the end. The series is getting somewhat darker, so parents of sensitive kiddos should still use caution (this was also the case with the first book), but for those old enough or hardy enough to manage a bit of monster and trans-dimensional mayhem this is a great addition to a cracking new series. ARC via NetGalley
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