From the Tangled Mysteries series , Vol. 3

Sleuths skillfully, satisfyingly solve silly roller-coaster shenanigans.

Our renowned middle school detectives, in need of new social media content, get hired for actual money.

Rising eighth graders Amelia and Sloane, fresh from solving the case of Ma Yaklin’s Missing Millions, are pleased with the success of their detective agency, Osburn and Miller-Poe Investigations, and its corresponding YouTube channel. Now Mr. Collymore, “some rich guy from Sandusky,” wants to hire them. He claims his ancestor was swindled out of the land that Cedar Point Amusement Park is built on, and he wants to hire the girls to find the proof. An all-expenses-paid trip to an amusement park to solve a historical mystery? This will make great content for their YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram! Once on site, the girls are quickly entangled in some Scooby-Doo–esque drama involving a team of archaeologists, amusement park management, and a children’s book–writing, history-reenacting, racist history professor. Amelia has told Mr. Collymore that BuzzFeed and Apple TV are interested in their YouTube channel, and now mean girl Mackenzie (who is besties with Mr. Collymore’s daughter, uh-oh) has been posting rude TikToks about Amelia’s and Sloane’s dreams. If they don’t solve Mr. Collymore’s mystery, they’ll be humiliated, but the park management has foiled them at every turn. Through sheer, ridiculous persistence, with a heartwarming assist from an unexpected quarter, the girls prevail once again. Main characters are white.

Sleuths skillfully, satisfyingly solve silly roller-coaster shenanigans. (historical note) (Mystery. 9-12)

Pub Date: Nov. 14, 2023

ISBN: 9781665931052

Page Count: 272

Publisher: McElderry

Review Posted Online: Sept. 22, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2023


Charming, poignant, and thoughtfully woven.

An aspiring scientist and a budding artist become friends and help each other with dream projects.

Unfolding in mid-1980s Sacramento, California, this story stars 12-year-olds Rosalind and Benjamin as first-person narrators in alternating chapters. Ro’s father, a fellow space buff, was killed by a drunk driver; the rocket they were working on together lies unfinished in her closet. As for Benji, not only has his best friend, Amir, moved away, but the comic book holding the clue for locating his dad is also missing. Along with their profound personal losses, the protagonists share a fixation with the universe’s intriguing potential: Ro decides to complete the rocket and hopes to launch mementos of her father into outer space while Benji’s conviction that aliens and UFOs are real compels his imagination and creativity as an artist. An accident in science class triggers a chain of events forcing Benji and Ro, who is new to the school, to interact and unintentionally learn each other’s secrets. They resolve to find Benji’s dad—a famous comic-book artist—and partner to finish Ro’s rocket for the science fair. Together, they overcome technical, scheduling, and geographical challenges. Readers will be drawn in by amusing and fantastical elements in the comic book theme, high emotional stakes that arouse sympathy, and well-drawn character development as the protagonists navigate life lessons around grief, patience, self-advocacy, and standing up for others. Ro is biracial (Chinese/White); Benji is White.

Charming, poignant, and thoughtfully woven. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 12, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-06-300888-5

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2020


A deftly told story that dramatizes how Danes appointed themselves bodyguards—not only for their king, who was in the habit...

The author of the Anastasia books as well as more serious fiction (Rabble Starkey, 1987) offers her first historical fiction—a story about the escape of the Jews from Denmark in 1943.

Five years younger than Lisa in Carol Matas' Lisa's War (1989), Annemarie Johansen has, at 10, known three years of Nazi occupation. Though ever cautious and fearful of the ubiquitous soldiers, she is largely unaware of the extent of the danger around her; the Resistance kept even its participants safer by telling them as little as possible, and Annemarie has never been told that her older sister Lise died in its service. When the Germans plan to round up the Jews, the Johansens take in Annemarie's friend, Ellen Rosen, and pretend she is their daughter; later, they travel to Uncle Hendrik's house on the coast, where the Rosens and other Jews are transported by fishing boat to Sweden. Apart from Lise's offstage death, there is little violence here; like Annemarie, the reader is protected from the full implications of events—but will be caught up in the suspense and menace of several encounters with soldiers and in Annemarie's courageous run as courier on the night of the escape. The book concludes with the Jews' return, after the war, to homes well kept for them by their neighbors.

A deftly told story that dramatizes how Danes appointed themselves bodyguards—not only for their king, who was in the habit of riding alone in Copenhagen, but for their Jews. (Historical fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: April 1, 1989

ISBN: 0547577095

Page Count: 156

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1989

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