In this second volume in the Chicagoland Detective Agency graphic-novel series, teen sleuths Megan and Raf and their talking-dog partner, Bradley, get caught up in two seemingly unrelated happenings: the arrival of a rock idol and the disappearance of a mummy from the Art Institute. The story is a bit light on the detective front (the investigating primarily consists of always being where the villains are concocting their nefarious plans) but heavy on goofy-edged action and manga-inflected artwork. Another good-natured adventure with a few nods to classic detective stories. Grades 4-7. --Ian Chipman
About the Author
Writer and feminist herstorian Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over 30 years. Her most recent books are The Brinkley Girls (Fantagraphics) and Forbidden City: the Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs (Hampton Press). Her newest graphic novel is the three-part YA series Chicagoland Detective Agency for Graphic Universe(tm).