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Maisy and the Missing Mice (The Maisy Files) (Volume 1)
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Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid‐friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It's a quick page‐turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box.
--The Children's Book Review
About the Author
Elizabeth Woodrum is a full time elementary teacher in Ohio. She began writing as early as when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children's series, is the first series that she has published. The series currently has one book, Maisy and the Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to add more books to the series, and would also like to publish books for adults in the future. As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup
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When Maisy is detecting she lives in a black and white world. Already having one mystery to solve, along comes another one. Is the Mystery of the Missing Tooth somehow linked with the missing mice? Where does pizza aroma fit into all this? Is it a clue?
This is the first book in a series of three but you'll be glad to know that the story does have an ending and the two crimes are solved. The last paragraph sets up for the next book in the series. Mostly well written this is a good read, short chapter book with a linked index. I purchased this book for my Kindle. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz
I loved this little story. Maisy's a cool little kid who totally gets into her role as investigator, even allowing her surroundings to fade into the black and white of the old detective movies she loves. Her fedora in place and her notebook in hand, she cannot be swayed by The Black Boot's attempts to get her off the case. I liked how splashes of color begin to leak back into her world as the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place.
Another thing I like is that this story is very well-written, providing a great reading opportunity for young readers without giving everything away. The quality of the writing and the choice of vocabulary would make this a great option for challenging young minds in a fun way. Teachers might want to stock this on their shelves.
I totally recommend this for older elementary school and up readers as a starter chapter book. Adults who like a lighthearted escape into their own childhood might also enjoy this. I was reminded of how I used to feel reading Beverly Cleary books. It had me smiling the whole time I read it.
Maisy, a fourth grader, loves solving mysteries. The only thing she may love more, or at least in equal proportion, is her cherry lollipops. When some mice, which serve as the school mascots, go missing, everyone just knows that Maisy will take the case. What she doesn't bargain for, however, are the personal stakes mounted against her when her lollipops are stolen and her best friend's little brother Vince has his just-pulled tooth stolen.
Maisy is a determined and headstrong character. Despite being in the fourth grade, she exudes confidence, but young readers will surely be very able to empathize with her as she struggles to figure out just who would be so mean as to steal a little girl's lollipops right out of her school locker.
Even though the book was short, as it was written for a younger age range, the characters were developed well, the plot was completely satisfied by the end of the story, and the mystery was well-constructed. As an adult reader who loves to try to solve a mystery on her own now and again, I found the way that Maisy kept clues written down refreshing and definitely true to form for someone who wants to piece it all together.
My favorite part of the story, since I am someone who loves metaphors, symbolism, and all those other fun literary devices, is how Maisy's world would turn to black and white, like in old mystery TV shows and movies, when she was solving a crime. It's important to keep the mystery alive, much like Maisy does in this story, and having a vivid imagination and a keen sense of what makes your world interesting is what Elizabeth Woodrum has captured in Maisy and her adventures. The only item that I would have loved to hear more about is how Maisy solved the mystery that occurs just as the story is ending. I understand, though, why it ended that way. It gives something to look forward to as Maisy continues her whodunit adventures! I look forward to reading more about Maisy!
Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' A Young Adult Novel
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