I liked the story....but I did not like that the problem of the story is not resolved. The reader must read (buy?) The next book. I love series, but feel each book should be able to stand alone with some threads continuing, but not the main conflict of the book. Maybe I'm extra-sensitive working in a low-income school where kids don't get the opportunity to buy many books. Three books to complete one story seems unfair when they may only get to buy one book all year.