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The Mysterious Package (A Hannah and Tamar Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I liked both Hannah and Tamar. Each had their own personalities that were likeable and relatable.
I would have liked to have seen more mystery solving and fewer scenes with them helping their grandparents. However the author created a great relationship between both the girls and the girls and their grandparents. I would recommend the series two young girls who enjoy a mystery.
You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Christa and Cassidy do an outstanding job of accurately portraying the sibling dynamic. Edgy but not bickering. Supportive but with enough nudges and eye rolling to keep you from reaching for the Pepto:
Hannah: “Now I remember why it’s no fun shopping with you. You take forever to decide.”
Tamar: “And you grab the first thing you see.”
Speaking of eye rolling, there were two scenes where I thought that more eye rolling was actually called for. Both involved sexist comments made cluelessly by Gramps. When the girls meet the mystery package holder and Gramps shows up late, he comments: “I planned to be here, but got delayed. Grands told me you girls came on your own. I guess it’s a good thing you boys were here, just in case.” Really? Every teen in that scene should have been rolling their eyes at that comment. Later on, Gramps comments on the aunt who’s missing the holiday dinner: “I think she works so hard because she’s alone. She needs to get out and find someone new.” Both of these comments made sense for the character. Older men do often believe the outdated stereotypes that girls need boys to protect them, or that a working woman really needs a man. But in contemporary teen lit, those assumptions really need to be challenged by at least a three-character eye roll!
Other than those two off-hand comments by Gramps, this book does a great job of presenting young women as thoughtful and capable. In fact, Gramps even redeems himself toward the end having this insightful conversation with the girls’ dad about Hannah’s interest in solving crimes:
Gramps: “Hannah has natural curiosity and likes to solve puzzles. Criminology might be a good fit for her.”
Dad: “She needs to do something safe.”
Gramps: “No, she needs to do what will make her happy, and be safe doing it. There’s a difference, you know.”
GO GRAMPS! I think this series has great potential. Interesting but age appropriate. Clean but not preachy. Maybe Nancy Drew should start looking over her shoulder?
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The author has an easy way of writing that I really like, and the book is very well written. I'm waiting for the next book!
I loved the relationship between the girls and their grandparents. This is a lovely book with a good mystery and although aimed at YAs it can be enjoyed by any age