Saturday, November 10, 2012

Freeman, Martha. The Case of the Ruby Slippers.

Freeman, Martha.  The Case of the Ruby Slippers.      Holiday House     124p  $16.95      978-0-8234-2409-2   elm/ms          VG    Mystery/Detective

First Daughters Tessa and Cammie, along with the high-spirited First Dog, try to solve the case of the missing Ruby Slippers that Dorothy wore in The Wizard of Oz, which are on loan to the White House from the Smithsonian Institute.      Aunt Jen is the official White House Hostess who resides with the First Family. Jen’s new friend plans a surprise party for Jen at the White House with the theme The Wizard of Oz. In order to make the party extra special, the White House has requested a loan of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers from the Smithsonian Institute. However, when the shoes arrive amidst much security, photographers, and the First Family, the box is empty.

The daughters of the first female president, seven-year-old Tessa and ten-year-old Cammie, along with their rambunctious dog Hooligan
, plan and execute an investigation that leads the reader on a thrilling, fun, humorous and exciting adventure to find the missing shoes.

This energetic book is engaging, suspenseful and well written.  Martha Freeman has written a very fast-moving novel with a rousing plot that places the young reader in the midst of the adventure, and this young-detective novel will hold the reader’s attention from beginning to end.  It will excite many young and reluctant readers, and is recommended as an essential book for any elementary or middle-school library.

Mystery – Fiction, Adventure – Fiction                -- Virginia McGarvey

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