Sleuth or Dare #1: Partners in Crime Paperback – May 1 2012
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Praise for Clarity
*"Clare is a teen detective for the 21st century." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The suspense begins on the first page." — School Library Journal
"Clare is an appealing character with whom readers easily can identify." — Kirkus Reviews
"Twists, suspense, and a touch of romance keeps you guessing." — Girls' Life Magazine
About the Author
KIM HARRINGTON is the author of several acclaimed YA novels. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation. She has no psychic powers and is cool with that. Visit her online at www.kimharringtonbooks.com.See all Product Description
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About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian
How I got this book: Purchased all three in the series, for our library.
With the Sleuth or Dare books, Kim Harrington creates a new girls detective series for modern readers. “Partners in Crime” is similar to a twenty-first-century Nancy Drew and is very relatable for middle-grade readers, particularly girls. This book is narrated in the first person by Norah, which enhances the relevance for readers. Given that Norah and Darcy are so different and yet best friends who stick together and help others their own age, there is also a strong message of loyalty and friendship. These two main characters complement each other very well, and they take a stand against bullying while dealing with typical situations, both in school and at home, that face contemporary middle-school students. Norah and Darcy prove that being intelligent and unique and not necessarily belonging to the popular, “in” crowd is ok and has rewarding benefits. The use of technology such as cell phones and the Internet, coupled with teenage lingo, ensures that the plot will be applicable to young readers. Also, several of the chapters have mildly frightening cliff-hanger endings, and the end of the story leads into book two, “Sleepover Stakeout.”
In the first book, Partners in Crime, Norah and Darcy form a pretend business for a class assignment. They are surprised when an anonymous someone seeks their detective help in finding a missing person. They decide to help but first they need to find out the identity of the person seeking their aide. Using Darcy's computer skills and Norah's inescapable logic, can they find the mysterious requester or the missing person?
In the second book, Norah and Darcy's friendship is tested when Norah starts spending time with Fiona, the most popular girl in school, and Maya, the quietest girl in school. But the friendship issues take a back seat when Maya comes to them with a problem, mysterious noises are coming out of a baby monitor while she's babysitting. Can they catch the culprit(s) and maintain their friendship?
In the third book, Norah and Darcy's friendship seems to be over, but is it? And what about Zane, Norah's crush, did he really burn down the field house or has he been framed as he claims? Can Darcy and Norah stop fighting long enough to find out?
This is a delightful new mystery series of special appeal to girls. Not only is the writing good but the stories are interesting and believable. They also involve the technological side of things involving computer hacking, smart phones, and baby monitors. Okay, so baby monitors aren't really high tech, but once you've read book two you might think otherwise. This is a great series to recommend to readers who've moved past Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys or who want a more modern type of mystery. I think this series will really speak to young readers, and I really enjoyed it myself
The ending surprised me--I was determined NOT to look ahead and find it out ahead of time!--and left me feeling a tiny bit shorted. Also a few small mysteries were not resolved but probably will be in the next book. But, this is a wonderful and unusual book that will be great for our library!! You will definitely enjoy it!
My favorite parts were at the end of both books when the mysteries were solved and, the truth was told, and the clarets were caught. This book is special because it is a good mystery book series that shows how a young teen could become and dream what they want to be and they can dream big.
Kids in grades 2-9 and boys and girls would both like this book series. Anyone who likes mysteries would like this great series of books.
Review by Mensan Sophie T., age 9