This pacy adventure story charting the lakeside exploits of a group of resourceful children explores the hot topic of cyberbullying while sharing the enduring appeal of classic tales such as The Famous Five and Swallows and Amazons.
Robin is a nine-year-old boy who lives with his father by the lake, where they also run a holiday camp. The close-knit community includes Robin’s classmates Jannik Jansen – a spoilt, overweight, rich boy whose parents own a nearby swanky hotel – and the Witzbitzki twins. When Robin finds a mobile phone containing a disturbing video, he realises Jannik is being cruelly victimised by the Witzbitzki twins. Together with his best friend Nils, he decides to put matters to rights.
But Robin’s best-laid plans are repeatedly thwarted – not least by Jannik, whom he is trying to help. Robin soon realises that he has in fact stirred up a nest of ancient grievances and feuds between the Jansens and Witzbitzkis. In the end, of course, all is well and the families are reconciled as a result of Robin’s actions. Fasshauer’s cheeky and lovable protagonist, who strives to do the right thing against all the odds, is very relatable and poised for further adventures.