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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444008889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444008883
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Illustrated throughout with Kate Pankhurst's quirky, charismatic artwork, and containing lots of tips for aspiring young sleuths, covering everything from setting up your own detective headquarters to undercover surveillance, the first book in the Mariella Mystery series is perfect for children who are beginning to develop confidence with chapter books. Pankhurst puts her own fun, tongue-in-cheek spin on the coventions of the detective story to create a lively and enjoyable story that young readers will find irresistible. (BOOKTRUST)

Wittily told in words and pictures, Mariella Mystery, a totally amazing nine year detective, sets about following clues in an entertaining and action packed adventure. No mystery is too complex for Mariella...and this time, she is on the trail of a ghostly guinea pig. When Miss Crumble says she thinks she has seen the ghost of her beloved guinea pig Mr Darcy, Mariella Mystery gets straight down to work following all the most likely (and some unlikely!) clues. (Julia Eccleshare LOVEREADING)

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A perfect book for 7-9 yr old girls who love funny stories with quirky illustrations like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Dork Diaries and Clarice Bean.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. S. Kemp on 2 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a gorgeously presented story, quirkily illustrated by the author, which makes it an engaging package for 'emerging readers' as the text is broken up and isn't intimidating. At the same time, it would easily sustain the interest of more confident readers looking for something fun. I know my avid reader 9 year old will love this series! I genuinely enjoyed reading it and it would easily serve as a shared read for less confident readers (and the story could probably be enjoyed by 6 yr olds as a read-aloud).

Mariella Mystery is a fabulous creation and her voice shines through the novel beautifully. She's what you might call a 'take charge' kind of girl (we won't say bossy...) and tells her story in a very no nonsense way. The book is presented as her "young super sleuth's journal", with occasional highly entertaining extracts from "The Young Super Sleuth's Handbook", and 'case reports' from her investigations [teacher-mode aside: I could imagine using this book with an upper primary group to talk about fiction and non-fiction and simply to enjoy the story!]. Mariella is clearly the leader of her little gang, the Mystery Girls, although her friends Poppy and Violet are not mere passive sidekicks. Little girls will love this book and there is plenty of good role model stuff here; it's definitely a weak-female-character-free zone!

The plot is ever so slightly mad in the best possible way. The ghostly guinea pigs are never genuinely portrayed as threatening or scary, and the conclusion leaves the reader with nothing to be afraid of, in the best Scooby Doo tradition.

Overall, this is a great package for the target age range, and I would absolutely recommend it. I'll be reviewing the second in the series, Mariella Mystery Investigates a Cupcake Conundrum, soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 May 2013
Format: Paperback
Mariella Mystery Investigates: The Ghostly Guinea Pig is the first book in Kate Pankhurst's mystery series for younger readers. It introduces Mariella Mystery as one third of The Mystery Girls, a team of clever super-sleuths (they even have a handbook that goes by this name) who solve mysteries from the comfort of their tree house HQ.

Mariella's two best friends, Poppy and Violet, round out The Mystery Girls, while Mariella's little brother, Arthur, tries his best to help but really just gets in the way. In this first book, ghostly guinea pigs are being seen around town and no-one knows why they glow in the dark or just where they come from. It's a mystery only Mariella and Co. can solve, and so they set about closing the case as quickly as possible so as not to frighten unsuspecting residents.

The Ghostly Guinea Pig is a fun start to this new series and comes complete with very funny, and very cute, illustrations by author Kate Pankhurst. It's fast-paced and humorous and keeps readers guessing right until the end. Where are the guinea pigs coming from and why do they appear so ghostly?! All will be revealed!

I enjoyed this book and would happily carry on reading the series, which continues with Mariella Mystery Investigates: A Cupcake Conundrum. I like a good funny book, and I tend to find most of those in the 5+ age range. This book is a great addition to fiction for younger children and is one I'm sure they'll enjoy. After all, who doesn't like solving a mystery about cute glow-in-the-dark guinea pigs?!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Great book for under 10s to read alone, but also engaging enough to read to younger children as well. Funny, clever and quirky. The illustrations are so detailed, offering up new things to notice with each read, and the characters are great role models for young independently minded girls, but also boys too.
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By Katy Cripps on 14 July 2013
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Great book for an 8 year old girl loved the mystery. Nice to have a character called Roberta as well.
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