The parents of an American teacher visit an unusual school in the Dominican Republic, where they find mysteries and roosters.
Sarah gives an overview of the book:
The day my daughter's laptop was stolen started like every other day—with a cacophony of roosters.
The ubiquitous birds competed with the shrill voices of students changing classes and roaring mopeds just outside the school.
I gazed through the bars of Susan's classroom, wondering if the roosters were on campus or strutting around the lushly wooded property next door. Could be either, since the only fences around here were full of holes.
They weren't really bars, of course—just decorative pieces of iron replacing walls on two sides of Susan's science “laboratory” in the Dominican Republic . While I supposed four walls weren't necessary in a tropical climate, I was glad it wasn't hurricane season.
I surveyed the room's scanty furnishings: a tiny blackboard, tall stools, tables, and a double sink with defunct plumbing. Pages of student work describing pond biology decorated the cement walls.
Coffee-colored boys and girls surged around me, placing their knapsacks on the tables and chattering in Spanish.
Susan rummaged around in the alcove off the main room as the bell rang.
“Mom—” began Susan as a petite brunette dressed in khakis and a green school T-shirt hurried into the room. “Oh, hi, Marta. Mom, this is my assistant, Marta. You haven't met her yet.”
Marta and I nodded hello as Susan turned back to me. “Mom, have you seen my laptop? I put it back in my knapsack with my water bottle before classes started.”
“No, I haven't, not since we left your place. Gosh, I hope it isn't stolen—”
Sarah Wisseman writes the Lisa Donahue archaeological mysteries. She hadn’t a clue that she wanted to be an archaeologist until she traveled to Israel right after her freshman year in college. There she ate felafel, fell in love with Jerusalem, camped illegally on Masada, and...
"What a wonderful story! Author Sarah Wisseman takes us on a journey with archaeologist Lisa Donahue, as she arrives in Jerusalem to arrange for artifacts to be loaned to her home museum in Philadelphia....
"...Sarah Wisseman’s second entry in the Lisa Dona hue series is entertaining and satisfying. It is a slim volume (only 150 pages in length) and this is a strength. Her prose is spare but evocative and...