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Children's LiteratureSheila is looking forward to spending the summer on her dad's ranch—spending the time with him she has not had since her parents divorced. She hopes the summer will be spent riding her horse and teaching her two best friends, Rusty and Katie, about ranch life while they visit her. But nothing at the ranch is the way Sheila expects. Her father does not seem thrilled to see her and is preoccupied and distant. He has a new girlfriend, who has a son named Huntley that Sheila can't stand. To make matters worse, someone in the town has been shot, and all the evidence points to Sheila's dad as the culprit! Sheila is sure her father is not guilty but proving it turns out to be harder than she expects. First her friend Katie starts looking for evidence in strange places, and then she starts asking awkward questions to the people around the ranch that Sheila has known all her life. Then Huntley starts working on the case with them, causing Sheila to wonder whether or not she can trust him. As Sheila and her friends continue to investigate strange things start to happen around the ranch—tire tracks mysteriously appear on the range and Sheila's dad's rifle is stolen and reappears in his office with fingerprints all over it the night after the foreman is shot. How are Sheila and her friends going to convince the police that her father is not guilty of the shooting? And how are they going to catch the real culprit? Alberta Alibi is a great mystery story, but what makes the book shine is the secondary story of Sheila learning to adjust to major changes in her life—living away from the ranch, trying to adjust to how her father has changed and how their relationship has changed, andlearning how to cope with how her life and her parents' lives have changed because of the divorce. The story flows smoothly and the author handles the delicate topic of divorce with sincerity and style. The country described makes the reader want to travel to Alberta and join the hunt with Sheila and her friends as they race to solve the most important case of their lives. 2005, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.