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Children's LiteratureWillie and his friends, Kyle and Lucy, consider themselves to be good detectives. They decide that they will take cases and make money doing so. Unfortunately, their first case is a bit more than they bargain for when they realize that their client may well be Miss Loraine Lamonde, the recently deceased owner of Kyle's new home. It seems that Miss Loraine and her relatives are not too happy about their cemetery being sold so that a strip mall can move into its spot. As the kids work to unravel the mystery, they meet Loraine's slimy nephew, as well as Mr. Big Voice, who takes care of the cemetery. They also get some unwanted help from Chuckie, who is selling his bodyguard services to the group for a nice profit. This is a much used plot—I have read two other stories with a similar plot already this year—but it will suffice for younger readers who need recognizable plots as they work through new words in the text. 2006, Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin, Ages 5 to 9.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.