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Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress (Skylar Robbins mysteries Book 3) Kindle Edition
Xandra Collins was rich, famous, and missing. After inheriting a fortune, she vanished without a trace, leaving her 100-year-old mansion abandoned. A frightening enemy had been stalking the wealthy heiress. Thirteen-year-old detective Skylar Robbins moves into the deserted estate with her family, and vows to crack the case. Skylar teams up with her BFF Alexa, and Daniel Gannon—the most brilliant boy in middle school—to solve the mystery of Xandra Collins’s disappearance.
Secret codes and mystifying clues lead to a hidden key. Skylar and Daniel must outsmart Xandra’s enemies and brave life-threatening waves to locate the lock and solve the mystery. Can the team determine how the heiress went missing…before Skylar suffers the same fate?
Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress won the 5-Star Reader's Favorite award, as well as the coveted Literary Titan 5-star Gold award and seal. "Cross’s characters are credible and finely drawn, her Santa Monica location is perfect, and her plot is suitably twisty and filled with suspense. Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of the Missing Heiress is most highly recommended." A favorite of both boys and girls, ages 9 to adult.
The Skylar Robbins Detective Agency isn't quite turning into what its creator hoped. Skylar is beginning a new semester and had hoped her budding career as a private detective would have taken off by now. After all, she solved one of the biggest cases around when the pros couldn't. But Xandra Collins is missing. She's an heiress, and her case just might be what Skylar needs to push her career in the right direction. There's only one problem-the only clue Skylar has is a message that seems almost impossible to decipher. With her best friend, Alexa's help, Skylar is going to give this case everything she's got.
Skylar Robbins and the Mystery of the Missing Heiress, by Carrie Cross, is a fantastic young adult novel centered around the title character, Skylar Robbins. She's your average seventh grader with all the headaches of growing up. She has a best friend she would do anything for, and she has a crush on the most popular boy in the school. What sets Skylar apart is her innate ability to solve mysteries. She outsmarts most every adult around and has made a name for herself. Being asked to join ACE (Accelerated Courses and Experiments) has given her an edge over her classmates, but she isn't so sure about being a part of this exclusive group of high achievers.
As a mother and teacher, I love that Cross has incorporated a key character with a learning disability. The author accurately portrays Alexa, Skylar's best friend with dyslexia. Each school day is a struggle for Alexa, and Skylar has been a huge force in her life since second grade-the two are inseparable. Skylar's move to ACE classes leaves a hole in Alexa's life. Facing her most difficult classes without Skylar to lean on, Alexa dreads each day. She is a relatable character and one readers will remember long after they finish the last chapter.
The mystery of Xandra's whereabouts makes for a great storyline, and Skylar's determination to find answers and still live a seventh grader's life give Cross's book an interesting element. She is a modern day Nancy Drew with all the technology to keep young readers engaged and invested in seeing her succeed.
I can't recommend Cross's work enough to young mystery fans. Skylar and the crew will draw readers in with their daily teen drama, but their ability to reason through situations when adults can't will keep them hooked. I can see Skylar Robbins playing a huge part in young adult literature for years to come. --Literary Titan
About the Author
- ASIN : B076GSJ95X
- Publisher : Teen Mystery Press (October 14, 2017)
- Publication date : October 14, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3606 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 315 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #667,021 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Regarding the writing, one cliff-hanger convinced me of the author's savvy and that my time was well-spent reading the book. Skylar figures out a clue that startles, chills, and moves the reader.
I'm not so fond of the growing-pains sequences -- literal as they are -- bound to annoy boys. As well, taxing my belief in the story was the non-involvement of the parents in a mystery involving a world-class celebrity gone missing.
And yet, most kid-detective stories feature kids that leave their folks behind.
It's a good read.
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In the beginning she seems to have the same problems as in the second book – bullying, first love, yearning for appreciation; all problems a teenager is confronted with. But there’s also the case Skylar is working on: She wants to find the missing heiress whose house her parents had bought and whose gems she had detected before.
The book starts with a new school year; Skylar realizes that her first love Dustin is a bit boring – or rather: not intelligent enough for her. She’s elected for a special class called ACE and meets Daniel Gannon, most intelligent boy of the school, one grade higher and soo good-looking. They become a team and try to solve the mystery of the missing heiress.
With Daniel’s and the help of her BFF Alexa, Skylar finds and solves several clues, and it is clear pretty soon that the heiress must have left them herself. Which means: She is still alive! Of course, there are several risky situations to master, but in the end the mystery is solved and Skylar and Daniel … well, I don’t want to spoil! 😊
Excellent read, even for adults!