Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 7 to 12
Life has been hard for sixteen-year-old Barley Lick lately: he split with his girlfriend, his father died, and now his mother has a boyfriend, a cop named Fred Newton. Not even Barley's new Great Dane, Stanley, can make things right.
Then Newton wants Barley to use his geocaching skills to help him solve a mystery; helping would mean losing a huge geocaching competition, and even worse, letting his ex-girlfriend Phyllis win. But Barley soon realizes that a young boy's life may be in danger, and time to rescue him is running out.
About the author
Susan Flanagan has worked as a freelance journalist in St. John’s for more than thirty years. She graduated from King’s College in Nova Scotia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 1991, and her written works have appeared in Canadian Geographic, National Geographic (maps), Canadian Running, Newfoundland Quarterly, Hockey News, Doctors’ Review, Atlantic Progress, Atlantic Business, Saltscapes, and many others.Susan contributed a biweekly column, “48 Degrees,” to the Newfoundland Herald (2002–04) and a weekly column, “The Kids are Alright,” to the Telegram (2011–15). She has been a contributor on CBC Radio (St. John’s), The Point, Out Front, Radio Noon, and Definitely Not the Opera (DNTO) and has worked for both NTV in St. John’s and CBC TV in Halifax and St. John’s as reporter, producer, and researcher.Susan lives with her husband and two of their five children in St. John’s.