Mystery on Magnolia Circle

Kate Klise

Book - 2021

"Rear Window meets Nancy Drew in this middle-grade novel by Kate Klise about a girl who believes she has witnessed a crime"--

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Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York : Feiwel and Friends 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
203 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250756862
1250756863
Main Author
Kate Klise (author)
Other Authors
Celia Krampien, 1988- (illustrator)
Review by PW Annex Reviews

In this swiftly paced adventure inspired by Rear Window, active, overachieving, pale-skinned 10-year-old Ivy Crowden breaks her leg on the last day of fourth grade. Stuck in a full leg cast until August, Ivy must cancel her summer plans. "Think of this experience as an adventure. Capture the wisdom with paper and pen," her doctor advises. These lessons close every chapter ("What I learned from that: It's important to feel empowered so you don't feel like a victim"), paired with boldly outlined b&w illustrations by Krampien that amplify atmosphere. Now mostly stuck at home, Ivy sits in front of her window, noticing mysterious events on her cul-de-sac, Magnolia Circle in St. Louis— including spying her redheaded white classmate, Melvin Moss, who disappeared before they started their Trojan War report. When a neighbor is robbed, Ivy and her best friend and neighbor Teddy Samuelson, who is Black, along with Ivy's rescue sheepdog, set out to solve the case, help an agoraphobic neighbor, and rescue a pet. Klise's (Don't Check Out This Book!) diction captures age-appropriate cadence while drawing sympathetic characters in this multi-mystery novel. Ages 8–12. (Aug.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Rear Window meets Nancy Drew in this middle-grade novel by Kate Klise about a girl who believes she has witnessed a crime"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Rear Window meets Nancy Drew in this middle-grade novel by Kate Klise about a girl who believes she has witnessed a crime What happens when two best friends take on the world’s worst summer?On the first day of vacation, ten-year-old Ivy Crowden falls down the stairs and breaks her leg. Stuck in a plaster cast, she’s certain her summer is doomed. Not even Teddy, her neighbor and best friend, can cheer her up because he’s dealing with his own pain: the loss of a beloved dog. But when Ivy witnesses a possible burglary from her living room window, her summer takes a sudden turn from meh to mysterious. Who are the criminals? Might a classmate be involved? And . . . uh-oh. A second mystery is nipping at Ivy’s heels. Cue the best friends, the best dog, and the best chance that summer can be saved!

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Rear Window meets Nancy Drew in this middle-grade novel by Kate Klise about a girl who believes she has witnessed a crime