- 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Grand Prize Short List
- 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction
- 2011 Global eBook Award Finalist in Historical Fiction Contemporary
- 2011 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award – 2nd place Mystery
- 2008 Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books
- 2008 MYSHELF Top Ten Reads
Summer, 1964: Beatlemania hits the States, and the world mourns the loss of JFK. For eleven-year-old Gus LeGarde, the powerful events that rocked the nation serve as a backdrop for the most challenging summer of his life.
After Gus and his best friends capsize their boat at his grandparents’ lakeside camp, they witness a drunk chasing a girl through the foggy Maine woods. She’s scared. She’s hurt. And she disappears.
The camp is thrown into turmoil as the frantic search for Sharon begins. Reports of stolen relics arise, including a church bell cast by Paul Revere. When Gus and his friends stumble on a scepter that may be part of the spoils, they become targets for the evil lurking around the lake. Will they find Sharon before the villain does? And how can Gus–armed only with a big heart, a motorboat, and a nosy beagle–survive the menacing attacks on his life?
What they're still saying:
A beautifully written, richly detailed mystery for young adults and adults comes to you from the talented pen of Aaron Paul Lazar. Tremolo: cry of the loon features a young Gus LeGarde living at the family camp in the woods of Maine. Set in 1964, Gus and his friends (twins Elsbeth and Siegfried) run their boat aground and are forced to swim to shore. Trudging back to camp, Gus comes face-to-face with a bloody and frightened Sharon Adamski, who quickly disappears into the woods. Little does Gus know, what he sees puts him in extreme danger.
I own several books by Lazar, but haven’t had the chance to read any until now. Of course, now I know what I was missing. In this novel, Lazar creates a coming-of-age mystery with a setting that is so much a part of the story that it is almost a character itself. Tremolo: cry of the loon is filled with numerous engaging characters: from Gus’s parents and grandparents to the twins to the camp staff and a mysterious guest who arrives to stay in Cabin Fifteen. Witnessing the developing relationships among all the characters is wonderful.
From the moment I began this book I was captivated. I didn’t want to put it down until I read the last page. The twists and turns kept me engaged, while watching Gus’s mettle being put to the test made me root for him to come out victorious. Also, as a child of the 60s and 70s, the numerous historical references allowed me to feel right at home.
Tremolo: cry of the loon is the perfect summertime read. It takes that dreaded summer camp experience and turns it into an exciting, suspenseful mystery. - The Children and Teens Book Connection