Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Book Talk Tuesday: The Milo & Jazz Mysteries by Lewis B. Montgomery

There are many different mystery series for children, some are naturally better than others.  Here are a few of the many available series:

The A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
Jigsaw Jones Mysteries by James Preller
Encyclopedia Brown mysteries by Donald Sobol
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Young Cam Jansen by David A. Adler
Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

But today I'm highlighting my favorite mystery series for younger readers, The Milo & Jazz Mysteries by Lewis B. Montgomery.  Not only are these books well written, but the plotting is clear and crisp.  The stories are not elaborate and full of complications like many mysteries for older readers.  This series makes a good introduction to the mystery genre.  These mysteries focus on the real world and the sorts of mysteries that most of us meet up with in our daily lives.  Each mystery also focuses on different skills that detectives need to develop to be really good at their jobs.  Skills such as communication, inferring, observing are integral to Milo and Jazz in solving the mysteries they are presented with.  The puzzles and brain teasers at the end of each book are a fun touch.

Here is a quick book talk for the latest book in the series: The Case of the Purple Pool.

The Case of the Purple Pool
written by Lewis B. Montgomery, illustrated by Amy Wummer
The Kane Press, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-57565-342-6
Grades 1-3
Reviewed from personal copy.

The blurb found on the back of the book makes a good, very brief book talk:
Milo and Jazz are real detectives--in training, that is!  And they're ready to solve any mystery that comes their way.  With a little help from world-famous private eye Dash Marlowe, the two friends track down clues, stake out suspects, and become top-notch super sleuths.  How can a pool suddenly turn purple? And who could be behind it? Detective duo Milo and Jazz make a splash as they investigate their most colorful case yet!
The rest of the series includes:
The Case of the Stinky Socks
The Case of the Poisoned Pig
The Case of the Haunted Haunted House
The Case of the Amazing Zelda
The Case of the July 4th Jinx
The Case of the Missing Moose

Head on over to The Lemme Library for today's Book Talk Tuesday.

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