My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Thirteen-year-old Skylar Robbins has just experienced a change in her family’s fortune. With their improved lot in life, they are moving to a larger house. They find an old house that has more rooms than her mother thinks necessary for the family of three. Nevertheless, they talk her mother into it. Her family moves into the old home that seems to have mystery written all over it.
There is a woman, the former owner that has disappeared and her will says that if anyone finds her hidden jewels they are to inherit them. This mystery of the woman and her missing jewels is just enough to keep Skylar interested.
This young girl has the best detective kit I have ever heard of. It was an array of specialized equipment that you never expected from a seventh grader. There was even a fingerprint kit as well as her laser pointer. The rest were a wonderful collection including a flashlight, notepad, and a list of other sleuthing items. What a delightful investigator Skylar Robbins is. She is like a young modern Nancy Drew.
With meticulous notes and excellent assistants, she manages to work through a series of clues. This is so reminiscent of the style of writing that I loved from Carolyn Keene.
A bonus storyline in this book is that there is a personal story going on about relationships with friends and foe. The angst of teenage girls making other people’s lives difficult. While she is busy looking for the hidden jewels but it might seem that there is another person searching as well. This could be dangerous for our girl sleuth. With all these facets this gem is wonderful. I enjoyed reading this book and I now want to pick up the other stories by Carrie Cross. In fact, I have one in my hot little hand now that I can’t wait to get to. Believe me, I will post a review after I am able to read it.
This book is excellent for any age. Adults do not be dissuaded by the genre, this book is written in the fun and entertaining style of the creaky staircase, hidden panel books of our youth. I am a huge fan of these new middle grade and teen adventures. They are so well written and keep you staying up late to see what is going to happen next.
Where to Find, The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels:
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