Book: Grand Theft - Crime Solver's Detective Agency book 2 by Victoria Schwimley
|4.7 stars based on the 3 most helpful Amazon reviews|
Victoria Schwimleyabout this book: Grand Theft continues the stories of Karrine and Jayden as they solve crimes around their neighborhoods. Karrine has the biggest case of her life, and Jayden is back home in Sacramento solving her own crime. There are plenty of laughs with these two girls.
Grand Theft is a charming tale about extremely ambitious amateur private eye Karrine who's finally got her first serious case. But there's one problem- her mother forbids her from getting involved. Determined, Karrine commits herself to solving it while doing her best to keep her mother from finding out. Despite the premise of disobeying her mother, the story actually has great messages for kids. Karrine is sassy and confident in herself but never veers into disrespectful. She feels guilt at disobeying her mother but sticks to her promise to find the culprit. She's focused and extremely clever. The story is filled with extremely likable characters and while the story starts off a bit on the lighter side, it gets darker and more thrilling as Karrine and her temporary partner Jared (the hottest boy in school!) get closer to solving the mystery. Funny, enticing, and an easy read for kids and adults, this book, while not the first in its series, is a great introduction to Karrine's world.
My granddaughter started third grade this week and I purchased this book as a surprise on her first day back to school. She had met Karrine, the main character, earlier this year when we read another book by this author. Karrine continues on as a sleuth and adds a crime solving partner in this story.
As a grandparent and also as a retired teacher, I know the importance of developing a love of reading when children are young. The author's creation of Karrine brings to life a character that children resonate with. My granddaughter devoured this book and it was a pleasure to see her intently reading and enjoying the story. I hope to see more books coming out soon.
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