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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone (Volume 1) Paperback – May 2, 2015
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"Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone" is a wonderfully written mystery book with interesting twists that will leave you wanting to know what happens next. Love the main protagonists, Davey and Derek, the twin brothers who are as different as day and night. I'm sure kids their age can relate with them and have fun solving the mystery together along them and their friend Mickey aka "CAT". Great for young readers who love a good mystery!
The versatile award-winning children's books author and novelist, Janice Spina, had delivered once again: This time, a lovely detective story for middle-grade kids. The protagonists in "Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone" are twin boys that are easy to relate to, each with a unique personality that is sure to resonate with kids their age. The twisting plot in "Davey & Derek Junior Detectives" is captivating and enjoyable. Perfect for young readers!
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
The Case of the Missing Cell Phone is the first book in the Davey & Derek: Junior Detectives book series written by Janice Spina. Davey and Derek Donato are ten-year-old non-identical twins. After receiving some sleuthing books for their tenth birthday, the boys decide to imitate the detectives in the stories as they read. The young detectives' assistant, Mickey (The Cat), had been teaching sign language to Derek for some time. Although Mickey hears well, his younger sister, Jennie, is Deaf and the family communicates in sign language. After Christine Sanders misplaces her expensive cell phone, the twins are on the case, rounding up suspects and investigating the phone's disappearance. When the police make an appearance at the school, the group of gumshoes challenge themselves to solve the case before the police solve it to solidify their reputations as detectives who get the job done.
Being a fan of good mystery stories, I was keen to read Janice Spina's new book series starring Davey and Derek. The Case of the Missing Cell Phone was the perfect way to start their detective careers and earn the trust and respect of their peers at school. I was easily able to picture each scene through the eyes of the young detectives, including the nervous reactions of those who were interviewed. Each turn of the page carried new clues, new excitement, and new adventure as Davey, Derek, Mickey and their assistants leave no stone unturned in trying to solve the puzzle. This book is one of the most fun and delightful sleuthing tales I have read in a long time. This book would be great for young readers in the 7-12 age group, and would also do well in school libraries as it teaches children how to assert themselves against bullies while having their friends' backs at all times.
From the Author
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is book 1 of a series of adventures and mysteries for middle-grade children ages 9-12, Grades 4-7. This book won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the Preteen Category and an Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite.
Children's books by Jemsbooks carry underlying themes with life lessons to help children learn to be kind, caring and accepting of others. In this middle-grade book the theme is about bullying and family relationships and how to behave in different circumstances. I hope children will learn the importance of being kind to others and that friendship matters.
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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.
The case of the Missing Cell Phone is the first case for the twin brothers who are fifth graders. They soon find out that being junior detectives is not easy work, especially when enquiries lead them to questioning boys who are in the sixth grade and much bigger than themselves. Add to that one who happens to be a bully... Then there are other complications as the mystery unfolds; things are not so straight forward as they may seem, and even the police become involved.
The book is very well written. The conversational level and dialect are spot on. I wanted to be a boy again and be there, in on the action. If I had read this as a child, I would have been transported into Davey & Derek's world in an instant. Both boys and girls alike will enjoy this book... it's a gem.
I loved how Spina managed to convey all the right messages and hit all the right chords about issues like theft and bullying, without ever sounding preachy or condescending. When my kid is old enough, this is one of the books I'll be sure to give her to read.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Review by children's author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
They find out through their mum that a cell phone is missing from a 6th grader in school, Christine. They decide that would be their first case.
They started to question the friend of Christine in the six graders, but had difficulties since they were 5 graders. But they made very quickly progress with a help of a six grader as well. In the end all is coming out.
A wonderful story about friendship and not to bully and that it is all right to be different. It is extremely important.
Reviewed by Gigi Sedlmayer, the author of the Talon book series.
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