Sleuth or Dare: Partners In Crime by Kim Harrington
Kim Harrington kicks off a new mystery series for middle-grade readers with Sleuth or Dare: Partners in Crime. Marketed as for third grade to seventh, it's a fun read that introduces two self-professed nerds, seventh graders, as amateur detectives.
Norah Burridge narrates the story of a class assignment she and her best friend, Darcy Carter, are working on for social studies. They have to create a small business, and make a class presentation a week later with the name, logo and a business plan. Darcy who "breathes Internet" and loves crime shows, comes up with the idea of a detective agency called Partners in Crime. Darcy understands that she likes the mysterious and edgy appeal of the topic, while Norah would like that the business helps people. Great! Just a fake business for a school presentation.
Well, not so fake because Darcy hooks into the school's Intranet, and their website for the business is actually live. When someone emails them and asks for help finding their twin, it's Darcy who jumps on it. Norah holds back until Darcy convinces her someone really needs their help. The two girls are investigating a real missing persons case. And, then the threats start.
Harrington's Sleuth or Dare: Partners in Crime is just the sort of mystery I would have enjoyed when I was in elementary school. Of course, it's updated from my day with cell phones and computers. But, the two girls are smart, enjoy school, and find a way to solve mysteries. You might want to try it on the middle grade girl in your life. It looks like it's another fun mystery series published by Scholastic.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
It's an honor to be asked to review books, and I'm grateful to all the publishers, publicists, and authors who send me books. Thank you. Reviews will appear on my blog if I've had a chance to read, and finish, the book. If I do not finish a book, I won't review it, and I will not respond to emails asking when, or if, I'll be reviewing a book.
My reviews are only my opinion, and do not reflect the views of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.
I will not review self-published books, and, at the present time, do not accept books in e-book format.
My Oct. 19, 2009 blog provides full disclosure that I only receive review copies of books, with no other compensation. All review copies are marked as such. If there any any questions, please feel free to contact me.