This book is for 8 12 year olds and I found it to have a unique story Jason Huff is sent off to Florida after his grandmother s death to assist his father in packing up her belongings His grandmother, Agnes Monroe Huff was the daughter of a wealthy man, who owned a hotel among other holdings Jason receives a strange phone call that leads him to the discovery of a postcard among his grandmother s things The postcard shows the Hotel DeSoto, the hotel owned by Jason s great grandfather He also finds a magazine, Bizarre Mysteries, with a story that seems to be about his grandmother At the funeral, Jason notices many strange characters As Jason follows the clues left to him, and is joined by Dia, a young friend of his grandmother, he finds himselfandinterested in his grandmother and her life.Jason is an interesting boy, respectful of adults, yet not a goody goody The story developed in interesting ways and was theatrical in plot.I ve left this book with my eight year old niece to read. I opened this book with good expectations The guy who wrote Firegirl had to do a good job, and it was guaranteed to not be shudder chick lit I was so right We begin with a young boy named Jason, who is going to Florida in July with his father to help close up his now dead Grandmother s house There s some parental strain running a backbeat through his thinking Then he finds the titular postcard, and an old pulp magazine, and a mystery ensues I don t know how to go on without spoilers, though the girl living across the street, Dia, becomes involved in the runaround The mystery is very engaging partly because Tony Abbott uses pulp magazine stories, which I love Also it makes my hands sweat, even now, as I write this review It Was Incredible Jason is thoroughly human and thoroughly believable He does decide to keep a large secret from his parents, but it isn t an instinctive decision We see him come to the conclusion, and agree with him His constant self doubts about it don t hurt, either Dia could easily have become another Spunky Girl, but she stays away from that by being I d like to say borderline manic, but that isn t quite it She s like Henrietta in 100 Cupboardsadventurous than the protagonist himself, and therefore he thinks she s possibly insane I may not have mentioned this before, but I love old folks in stories They don t get into love triangles, they ve lived long enough to have perspective over those high school bullies, and it s a lot cooler when they get into action sequences This book, being set in a retirement town in Florida, does not disappoint I just love it when, during the climax, all the minor characters reveal they had roles in the plot or are police or things like that, and it happens again If you like mystery stories, a good romantic subplot though it involves an extramarital affair old pulp magazine stories, and a kid protagonist who isn t whiny or bland, you will like The Postcard. So How Smart Are You Said A Man S Voice Abruptly And Loudly Because Now It S Starting A Creepy Phone Call An Old, Yellowed Postcard A Bizarre Magazine Story And A Strange Group Of Funeral Goers Who Seem To Follow Their Every Move All Contain Clues That Will Send Jason And Dia On An Adventure To Uncover Extraordinary Family Secrets Award Winning Author Tony Abbott Weaves An Intriguing And Entertaining Mystery Of Adventure, Friendship And Family Such a great story, and story within a story I highly recommend this book to everyone, all ages and interests. I ended up liking this book muchthan I thought I would In fact, I loved it What a great mystery within a mystery this was I loved all the hidden clues on postcards that the two smart, highly adventurous, and resourceful kids figured out how to decipher and follow The clues lead to them to landmarks all over the Tampa St Petersburg, FL area What started with a postcard found in a desk in the house of Jason s grandmother who had just passed away became a very real story as clues were uncovered that not only kept the mystery alive but also filled in parts of Jason s family history that had always been missing Who was Jason s grandfather Was he the one who wrote all chapters of the story they kept finding at each new location Was the love story in the chapters really his grandmother s story I got so caught up in not only the mystery of Jason s grandmother s past, but also in wanting to badly find out how the story ended How long did her father keep her locked away from the outside world Did she finally ever get together with the man who never stopped loving her and spent years waiting to be with her Who was he Was he the man who wrote the stories that Jason and his friend Dia kept finding in all the locations Is he Jason s grandfather I couldn t turn the pages fast enough as Jason and Dia raced from the old De Soto Hotel to the Sunken Gardens, then to the house Jason s grandmother grew up in, and finally on to the Ringling mansion in Sarasota At each location, found by figuring out a clue on a postcard at the previous location, they were lead topages of the story, andfilling in the blanks What a wild ride this was Definitely a book I will recommend to kids who love a good mystery. This book is the story of Jason, a young boy of about 13 who travels to Florida to help his father close up his grandmother s house after she passes away The father is teetering on alcoholism and Jason s parents are on the verge of divorce Pretty grim stuff, I know But don t let this setting and back story dissuade you because the story is just getting going and ends up being a really satisfying and enjoyable tale return Jason s father gets injured which conveniently leaves Jason alone No sooner does he get back to the house than he finds a mysterious postcard and an apparent reference to his long lost grand father in a story in an old pulp mystery magazine The story is written in a tongue in cheek Raymond Chandler style and it is interesting to watch the author switch back and forth between the two different literary styles throughout the book The story is of a true love that thrives across the decades in the face of adversity including fiendish villains from the Order of Oobarab return Jason begins to follow the clues with assistance of Dia a neighbor girl Soon the young pair find themselves running all over St Petersburg and Sarasota landmarks all the while being shadowed by mysterious characters the same mysterious characters that populate the chapters of the pulp mystery story that is written by someone who just may be Jason s long lost grandfather return The climax of the book is set on the grounds of the Ca D Zan mansion in Sarasota In college I used to go sneak on to those grounds to go running so I really enjoyed the scene where Jason and Dia sneak on to the Ca D Zan grounds I read this story to my boys aged 9 and 10 and they LOVED it I highly recommend it. Thirteen year old Jason is in Florida helping his father clean out his grandmother s house following her death Jason never knew his grandmother and is only recently learning about her from his dad When he finds a story in a 1940s era magazine, some of the details are eerily similar to things he has just heard about his grandmother The story tells of love at first sight for Marnie and Nick, but Marnie s powerful father keeps them apart Could the rich, beautiful Marnie in the story really be Jason s grandmother And who is Nick The story ends abruptly, and the author s death notice appears in the next issue of the magazine A mysterious phone call sends Jason in search ofchapters as it directs him to his grandmother s desk and an old, yellowed postcard containing clues to the location of the next chapter Marnie and Nick s story unfolds as Jason follows clues and finds the succeeding chapters The hunt helps Jason avoid facing the fact that his parents marriage is crumbling and his father s drinking could be part of the problem This book succeeds on many levels Fans of romance and adventure will enjoy Nick and Marnie s story with its quirky characters Jason s take on his unexpected summer adventure will engage readers who enjoy realistic fiction, especially his budding friendship with a neighborhood girl who joins him in tracking down the chapters of his grandmothers life. Man, does this take me back In fifth grade we had to choose a book, make a puzzle poster about it, and optional make a cake based off the book I did the construction site of the hotel It was my first time baking Alright, now the review.I m not much for spoilers so I ll just go over my overall thoughts of the book It s a nice read for the older aged kids late elementary school , it was easy to understand as a 10 year old, I m sure if I were to read it now I would ve questioned it and looked into the deeper meaning but that s the thing, as a kid, you don t question it It s quite random at times and has questionable circumstances, but it s amusing and interesting until the very end It ll keep them engaged and thinking at a higher level than they re used to so it s a good stretch It s also a good way to introduce children to the idea of novels and how they aren t always straight forward.The reason why I gave it a four star rather than a five star is because I don t think it s as enjoyable when you re in middle or high school maybe even older , meaning, I wouldn t pick this up again now, with adeveloped mind and reading skills For kids approaching the teenager level it s a good, medium difficulty read, and they can learn to read between the lines and thinkhardly about books because they now know, things won t always go the way the are typically expected to.Thank you for reading, I hope this helps The book The Post card has 358 pages.I can relate to the character because Jason is a kid who went somewhere he did not want to go with someone.This book reminds me of saving Zasha because it s a suspensful book.I gave it five stars because It had a good ending and a lot of twists in the middle.The ending was one of the best ending of a book I have ever read because It is a peaceful and happy ending The Postcard is not exactly what I expected The story is well written, but really seems like it should have been written with aadult protagonist Much of the story contained references to literature and history that someone of this age wouldn t know, much less use The story, however, is very good containing a larger message about life.When Jason s grandmother dies, he discovers almost accidentally, that his parents are on the verge of splitting up He goes to Florida to be with his father as they get his grandmother s house ready to sell Jason is angry and frustrated by his trip to Florida ruining his plans for summer vacation, but when he finds a postcard in his grandmother s house, the real adventure begins His grandmother s funeral is populated by strange looking people that Jason doesn t know, but they start to seem familiar when the clues on the postcard lead Jason to the beginning pages of a mystery that seems to include his grandmother and all of these strange people Jason meets a girl about his age named Dia who calls him every name but his own, and she helps him track downclues and findof the story Soon Jason and Dia find themselves in danger from the very people who seemed to be his grandmother s friends Both the mystery of his grandmother and the mystery of the story run throughout the book.The Postcard is a very poignant story about the way we spend our lives and what we are left with at the end of it Overall a very interesting story with lots of twists and turns, especially at the end when Jason discovers who has really been chasing him and why.