In Too Deep

The Shenanigans Series, Book Five

By (author): Andreas Oertel
ISBN 9781772032390
Softcover | Publication Date: April 16, 2018
Book Dimensions: 5 in x 7 in
184 Pages

About the Book

Three trouble-prone friends become pawns in a criminal cover-up after they discover an old bronze statue in a local pond.

When Cody and Eric are denied permission to pick up golf balls from the ponds at their local golf course, they decide to trespass on the property at night. But they end up finding a lot more than just golf balls in the murky waters: they uncover a life-size bronze statue of a man!

Following their discovery, the best friends start getting mysterious phone calls warning them to stay away from the golf course property, or else! But these threats only make Cody and Eric more determined to go back to steal the statue and figure out its origins. With the help of Eric’s sister, Rachel, they raise the bronze and begin unravelling clues that lead them to a long-forgotten crime. Then, just when the three think they’ve got it all figured out, they’re kidnapped! With so many suspects in the town of Sultana, including Cody’s own father, perhaps the answers to this mystery should have been left in the depths…

About the Author(s)

Andreas Oertel was born in Germany and has lived most of his life in eastern Manitoba. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Shenanigans series, which has been nominated for several awards, including the Silver Birch Award, the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award, and the New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award. He has a lifelong passion for archaeology, history, and writing for young people. Learn more at


“The Shenanigans Series engages readers of all ages, and Andreas has once again captivated the natural curiosity of teenagers. Speaking as an educator, [I know] students will make personal connections to the characters, the outdoor setting, and the dynamics of a small town.” —Angela Chamberlin Osarchuk, Grade 6–7 teacher, École Edward Schreyer School.
"In Too Deep is a middle school novel filled with mystery, danger, humour and quirky characters. The plot is plausible and something that has realistic overtones for readers. . . The author uses his love of archaeology and history to make In Too Deep an endearing story for young people, often conducting research to authenticate the story's nuances and happenings." —Resource Links
"The fun is in the break-neck pace of the plot developments and the tangled web of motivations." —Canadian Materials
"Oertel’s trio provides plenty of humour, suspense and intrigue." —Helen Norrie, Winnipeg Free Press
“This book’s well-structured plot blends suspense with humour, and the pace is quick."— BC Books for BC Schools