Blue Schwartz and Nefertiti's Necklace: A Mystery with Recipes

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VOYA - Kevin Beach
Blue is an eccentric high school student who babysits for spending money. Her dream is to be a chef one day so she religiously tunes in to the Food Channel. The man for whom she sits is a professor of antiquities, and when an ancient necklace he displayed in his home goes missing during a party, Blue becomes a prime suspect. She and her best friend, whose mother works at the nearby museum, try to identify the real thief. There are many suspects, including the mother of Blue's prospective boyfriend, the professor's young idealistic assistant, and a jewelry-obsessed mother who invites Blue to baby-sit from time to time. In her private life, Blue shares the phone and computer with an older brother and puts up with low-budget meals as the family scrapes by. She also is out of favor with her home economics teacher for typically choosing an odd subject for her food project. (Recipes mentioned in the story are included at the end of the book, a bit gimmicky perhaps). Everything comes together in the end when Blue solves the case and discovers that there is more to the history of the necklace than expected. Blue is an energetic, unconventional girl, with whom some readers might empathize. The adults in the story are a bit too unhelpful or mean, but from a teen's perspective, that is how it might seem sometimes. Chicago locales figure prominently in the story. For other areas, this book is an entertaining but marginal purchase.
School Library Journal

Gr 4–6
This fast-paced mystery, set in the heart of Chicago, has well-developed characters. Blue is a typical teen until she is accused of stealing a necklace from the house where she babysits. The priceless antique belonged to Nefertiti, and Blue is desperate to find the thief before her accuser calls the police. At the same time, she's trying to combine her love of cooking with a difficult school project for a mean-spirited teacher. In the end, this smart, creative girl is able to expose the real criminal and get the best of her teacher as well. Hechtman builds teenage frustration and helplessness into a story that readers will relate to from the start. Blue's favorite recipes are included.
—Krista TokarzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976812630
  • Publisher: Brown Barn Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 152
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    This fast, fun mystery is a bit reminiscent of Nancy Drew. Blue Schwartz and her friend Yvonne are out to solve a mystery. <BR/><BR/>Blue Schwartz is an experienced babysitter, but her current employers have accused her of stealing. First they are suspicious when the wife's bracelet falls to the floor after apparently getting stuck in Blue's coat. All seems forgiven until after an important social gathering, when they suspect Blue of taking a valuable artifact. <BR/><BR/>Not wanting to trouble her financially strapped parents, Blue seeks the help of her friend Yvonne. Together they carry out an investigation that takes them through the streets of Chicago and into several of its world famous museums. Among the colorful characters are an elderly neighbor lady, a demanding and annoying teacher, a brainy brother, and TV Chef Randy, Blue's culinary idol. <BR/><BR/>An added feature at the end of the novel is a group of recipes Blue created for her babysitting clients and a school project on soybeans. The recipes are kid-friendly and sound yummy. <BR/><BR/>Hopefully Betty Jacobson Hechtman will return with another adventure featuring Blue Schwartz. She is sure to be a hit, especially with younger readers.

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