Sometimes you just want to read something a little lighter. Don’t you? After the created worlds of Ivanovich’s War of Princes and Elizabeth’s Cogling, it was nice to go to Maiden Rock, Maine, and solve a simple mystery with a 13-year-old girl. I just love sinking into a good middle grade book. It reminds me of being 12 myself–that age where you’re still a child and you still kind of feel like a child but you also feel so very grown up and ready to make your own decisions. Such a pivotal point in the human life. I don’t think we ever forget what it feels like, and fortunately for us, C. M. Surrisi remembers it very well and writes about it even better.
In The Maypop Kidnapping, Quinnie Boyd is (awesomely) a homeschooler, tutored by an amazing woman named Ms. Stillford. This year, Quinnie’s very best friend, schoolmate, and next-door neighbor, Zoe, has gone to Scotland with her family and a new family is staying in Zoe’s house. The father is a crime novelist and the daughter is Quinnie’s age, so she will be tutoring with Ms. Stillford alongside Quinnie. The first day of school comes… and goes. No Ms. Stillford. Quinnie is worried but her mom, who is the sheriff, isn’t nearly as concerned. Quinnie decides to launch her own investigation, intent on finding and rescuing Ms. Stillford. She enlists the help of her friend and crush, Ben, and the new girl, Mariella–even though she’s pretty sure Ben likes Mariella, which is The Worst. As the suspects mount up, Quinnie and her friends face danger after danger… and the loss of a lot of cell phones.
This book could have sucked and I probably wouldn’t have noticed it, mostly because I Was Had within the first couple of pages. Specifically by this line: I consider then reject that our new novelist neighbor will look anything like Benedict Cumberbatch or even be as Maine-cool as Stephen King.
Oh. Yeah. Worship King with me and it’s like you had me at hello.
But this book did not suck. The voice is perfect–just old enough to hold the interest of your teen and just young enough to engage your tween or younger readers. What I loved was that while sometimes the danger was quite palpable, no one really got hurt. And even those crimes that were committed weren’t as serious as may have been supposed. If you have a little who loves a good mystery, this book is excellent for all ages. Even us grown ups.
And now on to the exciting news… The Winner of the Cogling e-book giveaway.
The winner is
Hilary, I’ll be shooting you an email to find out what type of file you prefer. Congratulations!! I hope you enjoy Cogling as much as I did.
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