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RECOVERING DAD by Libby Sternberg

RECOVERING DAD

By Libby Sternberg

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-890862-58-9
Publisher: Bancroft Press

This third installment in the Bianca Balducci mystery series finds its titular character struggling with family and boyfriend problems. Her cop father was killed in the line of duty when Bianca was a baby, and now her mother plans to marry the man who may have shot him. Bianca again teams up with her detective sister Connie to find out what really happened, but Connie is so emotionally involved in the case that she makes major mistakes. Bianca starts investigating on her own, juggling worries about the case with others about her old boyfriend and her attraction to a new boy, her schoolwork and her mother. Sternberg weaves a few too many daily-life details into the narrative; readers will have to wait till the action picks up with some slapstick comedy and an exciting chase scene. Through it all, however, Bianca comes across as a smart, spunky and sensitive girl. Although a bit too busy, her story finally emerges as intriguing. (Mystery. YA)