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A Midterm Night's Scheme (Chicagoland Detective Agency Series #6)
     

A Midterm Night's Scheme (Chicagoland Detective Agency Series #6)

by Trina Robbins, Tyler Page (Illustrator)
 

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Help! Just before the science fair, a set of magic potions disappear from Luna's locker! The Chicagoland Detective Agency takes up the young witch's case. If Raf, Megan, and Raf's talking dog Bradley can handle space aliens, mummies and ghost, this case is child's play!

But when a potion goes awry and a hooded stalker and a wannabe master criminal intervene, the

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Help! Just before the science fair, a set of magic potions disappear from Luna's locker! The Chicagoland Detective Agency takes up the young witch's case. If Raf, Megan, and Raf's talking dog Bradley can handle space aliens, mummies and ghost, this case is child's play!

But when a potion goes awry and a hooded stalker and a wannabe master criminal intervene, the case takes a wild turn into a full-blown catastrophe. Will love-smitten supersleuth Megan and jet-pack inventor Raf be able to straighten out this mess in time? Or will Bradley's nose save the day once more?

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Children's Literature - Barbara Monroe
This graphic novel opens in a pet store. Two boys are talking about a science project involving a jet-pack. Megan arrives and one of the boys leaves just as another teenager named Luna enters. Luna is looking for the Chicagoland Detective Office. There are no signs or indication that it is the office but it must be because Luna pours out her problem. She is a witch and someone is stealing her potions from her school locker. She needs help. The boy, William, recognizes Luna from his science lab. Megan shares their motto, “No case is too weird” and is ready to take the case. She makes up a short Haiku. Megan makes up short poems throughout the story. Luna is also attracted to Megan. While they are on the hunt for the missing potions Luna tries to slip a love potion to Megan but Megan ends up being attracted to the detective’s dog, Bradley, who, by the way, can talk and is the top dog in solving most of their cases. With William, Megan and Bradley on the case the hunt begins for the lost potions with some very surprising results. The graphics are done in black and white. Each character has a very distinctive face and their personalities are enhanced by the style and design of the artwork. Even the frames are given interesting shapes with sharp angles, some full page, sometimes cut into three shapes all different sizes. Having this design element makes the read a little more fun and interesting. The plot is fun and simple. Reviewer: Barbara Monroe; Ages 6 to 8.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-17
Fans of the Chicagoland Detective Agency series have a problem. With each book, the plot gets more and more difficult to explain. The science-fair projects at James A. Garfield Middle School include a jet pack and a robot that can bag groceries. The students have built every invention that was ever promised by the World's Fair or The Jetsons. The graphic novel feels like a mashup of Hanna-Barbera cartoons and science-fiction comics and everything Robbins watched or read when she was growing up. It has a talking dog and a love potion and snippets of haiku. Some of the plot is borrowed, loosely, from A Midsummer Night's Dream, as the title suggests: 13-1/2-year-old Megan drinks a potion and falls in love with the talking dog. A few readers will find this creepy, but anyone who grew up on Hanna-Barbera cartoons will think it's perfectly normal. The author and the artist must have had a ball throwing new complications into the story, and Page has crammed every possible detail into the pictures of the science fair. The story gets more absurd with every page (by the last chapter, a character has turned into a cat), but the book is still a perfectly credible mystery with a very satisfying solution. Don't bother trying to explain it to your friends. Just tell them it's hilarious. (Graphic mystery. 9-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761381679
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2014
Series:
Chicagoland Detective Agency Series , #6
Pages:
61
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
GN480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Writer and feminist herstorian Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over 30 years. Her most recent books are The Brinkley Girls (Fantagraphics) and Forbidden City: the Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs (Hampton Press). Her newest graphic novel is the three-part YA series Chicagoland Detective Agency for Graphic Universe™. Tyler Page lives in Minneapolis with his wife Cori Doerrfeld (who is also an artist) and their daughter. He was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2003 and received a Xeric Foundation grant in 2007 to publish the first volume of Nothing Better. To date he has created and published 6 books of his own in addition to doing comics and illustration work for a variety of commercial clients. When he's not drawing he serves as the Director of Print Technology Services at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

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