Thursday, March 31, 2016

Howard Wallace, P.I. (by Casey Lyall)

Publication Date: September 2016 

SYNOPSIS: Twelve-year-old Howard Wallace lives by his list of rules of private investigation. He knows more than anyone how to work with what he’s got: a bathrobe for a trench coat, a makeshift office behind the school equipment shed, and not much else—least of all, friends. So when a hot case of blackmail lands on his desk, he’s ready to take it on himself . . . until the new kid, Ivy Mason, convinces him to take her on as a junior partner. As they banter through stakeouts and narrow down their list of suspects, Howard starts to wonder if having Ivy as a sidekick—and a friend—is such a bad thing after all.

THOUGHTS: This is the perfect light-hearted mystery with characters to root for and root against – with a few surprises thrown in! This was such a fun book! I loved the chemistry between Howard & Ivy, I loved the mystery component, I loved the humor. This book totally hit the bull's eye for me, and I think a lot of kids are going to really enjoy it. I could easily recommend this to any middle grader – boy or girl, mystery lover or not, great reader or reluctant reader – and feel good about it. Kudos to Ms. Lyall!

CARTWHEEL AWARD NOMINEE?: I think this book is a model book for what we like to choose for a Cartwheel nominee, so most definitely. 

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