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The Young Mystery Series: The Missing Lunch (Volume 1) Paperback – June 16, 2014
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About the Author
B.K. Maxwell is a Network Systems Administrator and lives in Southwest Michigan. In his spare time he loves to build custom computers, cook, and fish with his wife and children and write mystery novels. The Young Mystery Series is the first of many books that you can expect to see from this up and coming artist, when he is not writing about his characters Kia and Marcus Young you can probably find B.K. Maxwell at home cooking, reading a good book or removing viruses from someone’s computer.
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Let’s start from the beginning, Dennis Mayfield is the best friend of mystery detective and 9 year old student, Kia Young. Kia and her brother Marcus work as a team to distract teachers and school officials as well as interrogate other students to find out who has been taking Dennis’ precious PB&J sandwiches. What makes this PB&J so special? It’s apparently the world’s best, made by his mother with a special jelly and the bread is toasted. It makes even my moth water when I think about it.
Typical 9 year old conversations and actions create fun interactions and an interesting mystery to solve as the prospective suspects get scratched off. I thought I knew the culprit before it was revealed at the end of the story, but at the same time, I had my doubts that I was right.
A very fun and engaging children’s book that any student about 2nd-5th grades can enjoy. Amazon suggests 4-12th grades, but with the new Common Core, I think 2nd graders can read and understand this book and enjoy it. The activities of the students are age appropriate and realistic as are the conversations between children. I would have enjoyed this story when I was young.
I recommend this book to children across the country as they could all probably relate to the young characters and the situation at hand. A pdf copy of this book was provided for an honest review by the author, whom I met via Twitter, @ITsBKMaxwell.
This review was first published on www.babookworm808.com.
I have a daughter in 3rd grade, which is the same age as Marcus. These two kids seems way older than they are. I thought this sounded like a fun one to read aloud with my kids and my kids did enjoy the story, but they kept stopping me, pointing out that no 3rd and 4th graders they know have lockers in their school; no 3rd and 4th graders they know go to different classes for different subjects. These kids seemed more like middle school age to me.
The story was fun and the mystery was great. We all loved figuring out clues right along with Kia and Marcus, right up until the ending. However, it wasn't easy to read aloud--there were many, many cases of run-on sentences and misuses of punctuation, which had us very confused in spots. Speaking parts were put all together in long paragraphs, which was also confusing. I like to read each character in a different voice and it was hard to decipher who was speaking. I can overlook a few mistakes, but this one had so many that it was very debilitating. With some editing, this one could be the beginning to a really fun, middle-grade mystery series with some characters that kids can relate to.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
What I Thought - This book has a good plot idea. It is a fun story that kids who are into mysteries will like. The content is totally appropriate for all ages and is a good choice for young readers. I really liked how the dialogue was realistic and kid-like. I thought the school setting and the characters were believable. The twists in the plot were a nice addition to keep the reader guessing. The ending of the story seemed a bit rushed to me and the mystery could have used a bit more at the end. Kia is a very self-assured character that thinks quickly. Marcus is a strong character who seems to accuse people a bit too fast during the search for the culprit, at times seeming a little mean. The team work and relationship between Kia and Marcus seems like a typical brother/sister relationship and it works well in the story. There are editing errors in the book that made the reading sluggish at times, bringing the pace of this fun mystery down. Overall, it has a good story line and worth a read for kids who enjoy a Cam Jansen type mystery.
*NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review