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Posted August 16, 2012
Even though this book was meant for a younger audience, I enjoyed it.
It made me really nostalgic of when I was younger, and I wanted to be a
detective. Even though that's no longer my ambition, I could still
relate to the main character nonetheless. Reasons to Read: 1.Writing
Style: I really liked the way that St John wrote the novel. It flowed
really well; nothing was too awkward about it. I also found it was
really easy to read for younger audiences, without making it too young
sounding. Each character definitely had their own manner of speaking
throughout the entire story that made it easy to know who was speaking
at different parts. This book dealt with a lot of things like abuse,
slavery, gangs, and poverty-causing debt. All of the subjects, I
thought, were kind of mature for a book written for ten-year-olds, but
it was written in a very tasteful fashion meant for a younger audience.
2.Plot: The whole plot was really good and the ending was really well
done. I won't spoil it (it being a mystery book and all) but all of the
loose ends were tied. I didn't figure out the mystery before the end of
the book, which was really nice because that can be really annoying.
All of the clues did actually connect to the mystery. I can't really
say much about what the plot is, but it really is an exciting adventure
from start to finish. This book did take me a bit to read even though
it's only 201 pages. I think the reason for that is because I just
haven't really been into reading lately. Besides that, I think it would
be a fairly short read. Some of the secondary characters were a bit
flat, but I think that if the author had expanded on them it would be
longer book that probably most ten-year-olds wouldn't want to read.
Other than that, this book was well done. Review copy received from
Hachette UK for my honest review; no other compensation received.