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on April 13, 2012 :
I'm honored to have the privilege of being the first to review this book by a fine author, E.R. Yatscoff.
If you enjoy Out on a Limb be sure to check out Archie's Gold and Ransom which are both similar stories. The end of Ransom is very funny, and Archie's Gold is, in my opinion, even better written than Out on a Limb.
Warning: the rest of this review contains spoilers on the story!
Two kids are building a tree fort in an old man's backyard because they think he has treasure in his garage and they want to steal it. The old man hates them and tries to get rid of them. They harass him until the point where they offer to rake his leaves and shovel his snow.
At one point "Egghead" catches them snooping in his garage and chases them into their tree fort. He starts to chop down the tree so they spray him with ketchup and he has a stroke. While he's in the hospital they use their key to sneak back into his garage and dig up his basement. There they find a chest of rare jewels from a duchess the old man was escorting to the country long ago.
Someone spots them and the fire department shows up before they can make off with the loot. The rightful owner thanks them for finding her mother's stuff. The land lady presents them with an eviction notice for their many indiscretions but says if they rake and shovel the whole subdivision for 5 months they will 'get off'.
The kids agree with the proviso of the limited term of their agreement. Egghead (the old man) returns and harasses them with his new high-powered motorized wheelchair. They consider digging a pit for him to fall in but don't want to kill him and get in even bigger trouble.
This was a good book, but I feel the other two and Old Flames were even better, hence 4 stars instead of 5. To get a good feel for this story I'd download a sample of it and check it out.
I hope this review has helped you make a more informed decision.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)