15-year-old Iris Anderson is only too happy to lend a hand at her father's detective agency. The only problem is . . . he doesn't want her help. Iris quickly masters the art of deception in this YA novel for fans of Veronica Mars.
Gr 7-10-In this fast-paced, quick-witted historical mystery, 15-year-old Iris Anderson has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Her German-immigrant mother recently committed suicide; her father came home from Pearl Harbor physically and mentally broken; and circumstances forced her to transfer from an exclusive private school to one of the roughest public schools on New York City's Lower East Side. Desperate to save her father's faltering private-eye business, Iris becomes wrapped up in the disappearance of one of her classmates, discovering that the thin line between friends and suspects is dangerously blurry. Haines scores with her first entry into the young adult scene. Though the abundance of relatively obscure 1940s terminology ("oolie droolie," "frisking the whiskers," "taken a powder," "drizzle puss") makes for a challenging read at times, the compelling characters, superb setting, and myriad twists and turns will keep readers intrigued till the very end. Fans of Judy Blundell's What I Saw and How I Lied (Scholastic, 2008) and Jillian Larkin's Vixen (Delacorte, 2010) will especially appreciate this offering.-Kelly McGorray, Glenbard South High School, Glen Ellyn, IL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Roaring Brook Press
July 18, 2011
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