Kilroy Was Here! by: Douglas Quinn Book Review


Kilroy Was Here! is the second book in The Adventures of Summer McPhee of Ocracoke Island series by Douglas Quinn. Summer McPhee is introduced to a new student enrolled at Ocracoke Island school, Jimmy Wade. Jimmy was born with spina bifida and mild cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. This by no means impedes his intelligence.

After the school computers boot up to read, Kilroy was here, Summer learns Jimmy is a computer genius. At lunch he tells her how someone could get around the school’s security system and add new code. Then Summer’s friend, Angie, suggests they solve the computer problem, and Summer replies; “I don’t know blasé-blasé about computers.” (p 49) She soon finds out she doesn’t have to know how the prank was done to figure out who pulled it off.

The Adventures of Summer McPhee of Ocracoke Island – Kilroy Was Here! by Douglas Quinn is a fun, fast-paced, mystery for children. I enjoyed reading it. I was born with mild cerebral palsy and found Jimmy to be an accurate representation. Quinn made the character’s disability believable, balancing his trepidation with determination. By the end of the book, Summer and Jimmy are friends, but do they find the mysterious Kilroy? Read the book to find out. 😀


Kilroy was here

Who hacked school computers

Summer McPhee is on the case


Shares his knowledge of computers

Will they find the hacker

Mystery solved

Fast friends


If at all possible you should pick up this book for your young reader to enjoy on DEAR day this Saturday April 12th.