Life in the remote town of Alder Creek, California, is boring for eighth-grader Sam and his friends, until his newly awakened ability to tell when a person is lying involves him in a series of mysterious events....
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Sam never believed in dowsing until he found out he could do it. And after that revelation, he realized that the downward pull he experiences if he is sensing water happens in reverse--pulling upward--if someone near him is lying. Because of this, he uncovers a few small falsehoods before a big mystery comes to his attention, and it all has to do with a man with a map. But even if you know who's lying, you don't necessarily know the truth, nor can you prove it, so Sam ends up between a rock and a hard place trying to take action.I enjoyed the execution of this despite the premise seeming very odd to me. (I don't know why "water witching" would somehow be related to lying.) Sam was multifaceted and easy to appreciate, especially since he gave a relatable young person's perspective of living in a small desert town. I didn't much care for how deliberately planted some of the mystery clues were, though. They seemed to be put in his path just to lead him around and trick us for a while so the plot would be long enough for a book.
This was a rather strange book that I enjoyed as a teen, involving a boy who didn't believe in dowsing until he tried it and was told he had the talent to find water with a stick. It seems sort of unbelievable, but then he finds there's some other related talent; when someone lies, he starts to feel the same feeling he feels when he's dowsing except in reverse. So of course the plot grows up around his new ability to find out who's making crap up. The whole premise doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but what Petersen does with it afterwards is pretty neat.
I love this book. It all stems back to my mom reading it to me while we were driving down to CA when We were in 6th grade or so. I love it becasue I know the area that the main character lives in. (They even mention Medford!) It is a youth chapter book.
I just finished this book, and it's a great read. I started reading one chapter at a time, then 2, then 3 till I finished the book. The suspicions and the friendship of the three characters, and the peculiar-ness about the town just draws me in deeper and deeper. I love it!