Davey and Derek are twins who decide to become junior detectives. They aren’t only twins but best friends and sweet kids, and their enthusiasm is cute. Their first case involves a missing cell phone, and though they don’t encounter any telltale clues, they help solve the mystery by keeping their eyes open and asking questions.
The point of view changes frequently, including friends, parents, and the two police officers investigating the crime. Particularly toward the end, there are chapters that don’t involve the twins. Though most of the story is about kindness, honesty, and helping others, the content drifts a little into older themes of bullying, police intimidation, and parental abuse (hitting with a belt), and for that reason, I think the book is suited toward middle grades as intended and may be too mature for younger readers.
My son, Michael aged 11 years old, and I read this book together. The Case of the Missing Cell Phone is the first in the Davey and Derek junior detective series and it really appealed to Michael. He loved the idea of two twin boys taking on a mystery and being able to solve it. The fact that this book is very modern and has an expensive cell phone at the center of its story delighted him. My Michael can certainly relate to the anxiety of losing such an expensive piece of technology and the consequences of that. Michael felt that he would certainly be prepared to speak to boys in a younger class if it would help him recover a lost cell phone.
The book is entertaining and pushes the right buttons for its target audience of children aged 9 to 12 years old. It touches on the themes of stealing and bulling and had teaches some excellent life lessons in a subtle way.
Do you want your children to think? Learn how to decipher a problem? Cultivate their imigination? Amateur sleuhs David and Derek, two twins as opposite as they can be, accompanied by their assistant Mickey, code named CAT, are off to discover the mystery behind Christine's cell phone (she swears she put it in her backpack at school buty it vanished) Being an adult mystery writer - THE CASE OF THE MISSING CELL PHONE - book 1 in an upcoming series- is all a mystery should be - a lot of clues - a few dead ends - and ending that fooled me. All you parents and grandparents this is a great book for all those m iddle grade kids you worry about - might even get them away from that cell phone and video games.