Thursday, September 11, 2014

MIDDLE GRADE REVIEW: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb


ABOUT THE BOOK

When George, the butcher's boy, is fired for stealing coins from the till, Maisie knows in her heart he is innocent. With her little dog Eddie as the Watson to her Sherlock Holmes, Maisie uses her budding detective skills to solve the mystery of the stolen sixpence, vindicate her old friend, and even help a new friend in need. The first book in a series!

REVIEW

Maisie Hitchins is a British import that provides a great deal of fun along with the mystery.  Maisie is a very appealing heroine who works for her grandmother at the boardinghouse she runs.  But her real desire is to be a detective like Gilbert Carrington.  But she doesn't expect a mystery to practically land in her lap when she rescues a half-drowned puppy or when the meat delivery boy gets fired for stealing.  But with the help of some of her grandmother's boarders, Maisie finds herself investigating a real-life mystery with real-life implications for George and his family.

The book is a fun read with plenty of mystery and adventure as Maisie works to improve her detective skills. The scenes where she disguises herself as an old woman is especially entertaining.  The illustrations are really cute and appropriate for the book.  Since I'm always on the lookout for mysteries (my students love mysteries) this is definitely a winner.

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