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Recommendations Of The Month

TEENAGERS (Ages 13+)

The Reappearance of Rachel Price

Holly Jackson

TEENAGERS (Ages 13+)

The Reappearance of Rachel Price

Holly Jackson

This is a new release from Holly Jackson. She is the author of the series, “A Good Girl's Guide to Murder”.   This series is one of my favourite murder mysteries. While The Reappearance of Rachel Price is not related to any of Holly Jackson’s other books, it shares a similar writing style when it comes to unfolding the plot. 

The book tells the story of a girl named Bel, whose mother had disappeared 16 years ago. The book starts off telling us about a true crime documentary that is being shot about the mysterious disappearance of Bel’s mother, Rachel Price. While the documentary is being shot, Rachel Price makes her way back home, claiming to have been kept in an unknown man’s basement for 16 years. While the police search for the man who took Rachel, her family seems to doubt her story and is struggling to adjust to her reappearance. 

I really enjoyed this book. It has a series of plot twists that make it really difficult to guess the ending. Unlike an Agatha Christie novel where the detective explains the mystery at the end, in this book you experience the mystery unfolding along with the characters. This helps make it more engaging and fun to read. The last 50 pages have plot twists that are kind of messed up, but unfortunately I can not discuss them without revealing the ending.

TWEEN READS (Ages 11-12)

Kill Joy

Holly Jackson

TWEEN READS (Ages 11-12)

Kill Joy

Holly Jackson

This is the prequel to ‘A Good Girl's Guide To Murder’. You can read this book without having read the ‘A Good Girl's Guide To Murder’ series. This book tells the story of Pip, a high school student who is attending her best friend's murder mystery party. Through the course of the book, we get to see Pip and her friends trying to solve the mystery, while acting like they are in the 1920’s. 

I really liked this book because it has a lot of humour and is far more casual than a regular murder mystery, because no one actually dies. It also provides more of an insight into Pip’s character and lets us see her engaging with her friends. This contrasts with the other three books in the series. I would recommend this to 11-12 year olds, who are not yet old enough to read ‘A Good Girl's Guide To Murder’. It is a good stepping stone to reading other murder mysteries. The book is very small and easy to get through, so it is also good for reluctant readers.                 

PROGRESSIVE READERS (Ages 8-10)

39 Clues

Rick Riordan

PROGRESSIVE READERS (Ages 8-10)

39 Clues

Rick Riordan

This month I am visiting my cousins.  Zephyr is one of our guest reviewers this month. Coincidentally, his most recent read fits into this month's theme of mystery stories.

I really like Rick Riodan and I have read most of his books. This series is called "The 39 Clues". This series is different from his other books because it contains no mythology, and is centered around a family feud. 

When their grandmother dies, Amy and Dan are given a choice.  They can either receive 2 million dollars, or a clue that could lead to the most powerful thing in this world. The journey to the clue could be dangerous because their family is really crazy.  For example, they try to shoot Amy and Dan with poisonous darts.  

Amy and Dan, along with their au pair Nellie, travel around the world looking for the 39 clues.  Amy and Dan's parents died just after Dan was born. At certain points in the book Amy and Dan feel conflicted with whether to find out what happened to their parents, or to continue to look for the 39 clues.  By the end of the first book, they find the answer to two clues.  As the series progresses they come closer and closer.  

I think this series is great and I recommend this for ages 8-10.  Some of the books also come in a graphic novel format, but I preferred reading the series in its original form. 

EARLY READERS (Ages 6-7)

Hardy Boys Mystery of the Whale Tattoo

Franklin W Dixon

EARLY READERS (Ages 6-7)

Hardy Boys Mystery of the Whale Tattoo

Franklin W Dixon

We have a second guest reviewer this month, my little cousin Zavareh. Zavareh loves the Hardy Boys series.

This is a series about two boys. Their dad is a detective, which inspires them to solve mysteries . My personal favourite book from the series is ‘Mystery of the Whale Tattoo’. In this book, we learn of a statue known as the ivory idol that has been missing for a while. A message is sent to a private collector offering to sell him the ivory idol for a lot of money. The Hardy boys look into the case and find a stuffed whale and try to stop the whale tattoo gang. 

My favourite character in this series is Joe Hardy because he is so skibidi and almost dies four times throughout the series. This book is my favourite because it is the most fun and there is a guy covered in tattoos. I recommend this series because it has a lot of fun mysteries. 

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