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Harper Madigan: Junior High Private Eye by [Campbell, Chelsea M.]
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About the Author

Chelsea Campbell grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where it rains a lot. And then rains some more. She finished her first novel when she was twelve, sent it out, and promptly got rejected. Since then she's written many more novels, earned a degree in Latin and Ancient Greek, become an obsessive knitter and fiber artist, and started a collection of glass grapes. As a kid, Chelsea read lots of adult books, but now that she's an adult herself (at least according to her driver's license), she loves books for kids and teens. Besides writing, studying ancient languages, and collecting useless objects, Chelsea is a pop culture fangirl at heart and can often be found rewatching episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, dying a lot in Dark Souls, or spending way too much time on Twitter and Facebook.  Visit her online at chelseamcampbell.com.

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  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Golden City Publishing; 1st edition (March 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G6DC56
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,202 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Using humor and perfected style, the author gives us a glimpse of our early teenage years. She demonstrates the meaning of honor, courage, and forgiveness through the thoughts and actions of her characters. This is a "must"read! I hope she writes a sequel.
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This book has got a lot going for it. Is this a hard boiled detective novel, or a teen adventure story? You decide. For me, the juxtaposition of the two is what makes it shine. If you liked Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, you'll enjoy Harper Madigan, not because it's similar, but because it's so different.

Reminiscent of Buffy or Angel, the story bounces between serious and funny without giving the reader a minute to catch his breath. It's not "belly-laugh" funny, but more, "cool as a cucumber" funny.
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While attempting to preorder her second Renegade X book (oops--too early), I just sort of happened across this one. So exciting! I had no idea she had another one out! I bought it immediately. Two pages in and I was already hooked.

Seventh grader Harper Madigan, private detective, offices in a condemned janitor's closet at school, solving problems for classmates while occasionally creating a few problems for Vice Principal Dodge--which is why (GASP!!!) Dodge has assigned Madigan a partner. A stuffed shirt of a partner. A journalist, no less! But Madigan won't let anyone stand in the way of his pursuit of justice.

This book is just so much fun! It's witty and dark in equal measure, and the noir novel setup is absolutely perfect--the troubled ex-girlfriend, a quest for revenge, a sinister organization...great, great stuff. And Campbell is just a master at creating characters that are interesting and likable and flawed.

I really loved this, and I definitely can't wait for another Harper Madigan adventure--well done indeed!
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I received this book from member librarything giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

Harper Madigan: Junior High is about a teenaged detective, written in the style of a film noir, who solves cases in his high school, utilizing a broken down closet as his office. Things are complicated in this town with the evil and untouchable PTA (parents teachers association), a beautiful best friend who still captures his heart, and her brother who he cannot look in the eye for a reason that is yet to be revealed.

There are a lot of great things about this book. The style that it is written in is almost pitch perfect. I like the imposition of the old style black and white film detective in the broken down joint with a beautiful girl asking for help. I think that this voice kept the story going.

I had a hard time rating this book because while the prose is strong, I felt like the plot was a bit lacking. I was left at the end thinking... wait, that was the mystery? *SPOILER ALERT* I was confused that by making the exchange at the end, suddenly everything was peachy keen with the PTA. I just didn't believe that. I felt like once they had that evidence in their hands, they held all the cards at that point. What was stopping them from destroying Harper completely? They definitely had the power to do so. Furthermore, and this is just a personal preference-- Danigail was a little too much of the wimpy female. She had little acts of rebellion, but in the end, she had to have Harper save her.

That said, I think this was an enjoyable read and a good first young adult novel by Campbell!
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This was a great book, though I got confused a few times :) it's a great fun book for middle schoolers and I would definentally reccoment it to young people. Very entertaining ;)
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