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The mystery here is somewhere between the Encyclopedia Brown books and, say, Wendelin Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes books. I've always found Brown to be a very flat and uninteresting character, with no interesting secondary characters to speak of at all. Sammy Keyes is entertaining, but they might be for an older crowd, since they usually feature some personal drama or problem along with the mystery. So, we have a very comfortable niche for Shirley Link in that big overlooked middle
And this book does give us an interesting and engaging heroine. Sometimes she's taken right up to the edge of too full of herself, but she always manages to reel herself in before becoming too obnoxious. Plus, I think that's the risk you take when your character is full of snappy patter and snarky insight, and I think most middle graders would rather have a character who's a little too much rather than one who's a bit too little. It helps that the book is seasoned with two associate/friends who get some good lines of their own, even if they do have to stay second bananas. It's also particularly appealing that both of Shirley Link's parents are sharp cookies in their own right. I'm getting tired of parents who are cyphers or dopes or even worse, and its refreshing to have parents here who ask the right questions and give good advice and guidance.
And, some of the middle-grade-hard-boiled dialogue really is very funny, and very well aimed at the middle grade sensibility.Read more ›
It just takes me into the pages, and it' really exiting! I really want to read the next book!
I think young readers that like mysteries should read this.Brilliant😁
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excellent book , I would totally recommend it to all the other mystery loving girls like me. really epic, awesomePublished on 7 July 2015 by Kayleigh Lacerda
I am amazed at this book . I found ben Zackheim a few days ago and OMG you can write!!!!Published on 15 Jun. 2015 by Kindle Customer
Great story and my granddaughter could not put it down.Published on 10 Jun. 2015 by Amazon Customer
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