Elvis and Olive: Super Detectives


It's a brand new adventure in friendship and sleuthing for Natalie and Annie in this charming middle-grade mystery novel!

Natalie and Annie decide to put their detective skills to use as they open the E & O Detective Agency to solve neighborhood mysteries. Together they stumble across an incredibly intriguing one when Mrs. Warsaw, their elderly neighbor with memory problems, begins spreading news about a woman named Zina Zeolite hiding in her bedroom closet. Mrs. Warsaw ...

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It's a brand new adventure in friendship and sleuthing for Natalie and Annie in this charming middle-grade mystery novel!

Natalie and Annie decide to put their detective skills to use as they open the E & O Detective Agency to solve neighborhood mysteries. Together they stumble across an incredibly intriguing one when Mrs. Warsaw, their elderly neighbor with memory problems, begins spreading news about a woman named Zina Zeolite hiding in her bedroom closet. Mrs. Warsaw often speaks of seeing strange things so Natalie doesn't believe her. But Annie insists that they take the case.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
As a nominee for Student Council Secretary, Natalie (a.k.a. Olive) has to complete some sort of "Helping Hands" service project. While brainstorming with her friend Annie (a.k.a. Elvis), they come up with picking up trash, running a soup can drive, and opening a detective agency. A detective agency? It seems an unusual choice, and it is, but that's what the girls decide to do. They will solve mysteries for their neighbors who are in need of help. And so the E & O Detective Agency begins! The girls succeed at finding missing flip-flops and providing other such services, but they struggle with decoding the mystery of kindly Mrs. Warsaw's addled memories and finding Annie's missing mother. Their friendship is strained by the weight of Annie's wishful thinking and Natalie's school campaign; will this be the end of the E & O Detective Agency—and the girls' friendship? Will they be able to solve the biggest, most challenging, heart-wrenching cases of their career? Stephanie Watson has a knack for creating realistic and engaging if eccentric characters. Her Elvis and Olive are well-intentioned, realistic girls, and as they turn the book's final page, readers will be looking forward to the girls' next adventure. The only drawback of this book is its cover art; the depicted girls look at least a few years older than nine and ten years old, and they apear to be "spying" (for which they got in trouble in the first "Elvis and Olive book") more than "detecting." Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Ten-year-old Natalie (code name Olive) has nominated herself for Student Council Secretary and must prove her ability to serve as a role model by partaking in a Helping Hands project. Meanwhile, nine-year-old Annie (code name Elvis) tries to find out why her mother abandoned her years earlier. As partners in the E & O Detective Agency, the girls effortlessly solve mysteries for their neighbors. Along the way, they stumble upon a distressed elderly couple in need of assistance. In her troubled memory, Mrs. Warsaw claims that a woman named Zadie Zeolite is hiding in her bedroom closet. And Mr. Warsaw, unable to pay for expensive medication, puts their home up for sale. With the help of the local librarian, the girls save the day. Through epiphanies and dead ends, they both discover different sides of one another and uncover hidden inner strengths, leadership skills, and realizations about their personal mysteries. Although moments of heartbreak and sadness appear throughout, their belief in one another outshines all doubt. An inspiring, heartwarming story of true friendship and sassy detective skills.—Krista Welz, North Bergen Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545151481
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Watson lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of the first two books in Elive & Olive series.
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  • Posted August 25, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

    Natalie and Annie, nicknamed Elvis and Olive, are best friends. When Natalie decides to run for school secretary, she finds out she has to do a Helping Hands Project in order to run. The girls come up with the idea to start their own detective agency where they don't charge any money.

    The campaign running is off to a rocky start, however, when the Principal says that their project isn't good enough. Between having to come up with a campaign slogan and a significant enough service project, Natalie and Annie start feeling the stress. Annie, however, starts feeling it worse when she starts questioning why her mother abandoned her.

    Will Annie find a way to contact her mother? Will the girls solve an important enough mystery so that Annie can run for secretary?

    A fun, humorous story about two girls and their adventures. The characters are entertaining and easy to relate to. The plot moves at a slower pace and isn't strictly a mystery story, but the author does a good job of keeping the reader's attention and interest. This book would be a good way to introduce detective stories or friendship in literature to young readers.

    Readers who like realistic fiction and mystery stories will enjoy reading SUPER DETECTIVES.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

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    a heartwarming story of friendship

    This heartwarming story of friendship between two very different girls was a great book to read together with my almost 9 year-old daughter. She absolutely loved it. This is the second book author Stephanie Watson writes about 9 year-old Annie Beckett and 10 year-old Nathalie Wallis, best friends who use the code names Elvis and Olive. Funny, a little mysterious and sometimes sad, it's sure to please middle grade girls.

    Annie is spontaneous, creative and in foster care since her mother left her, whereas Nathalie is shy, lacks self-confidence, and goes to a private academy. When Nathalie decides to run for Student Council Secretary and she needs to do a Helping Hands project, she and Annie decide to open the E & O Detective Agency to solve mysteries in their neighbourhood. We follow the girls' adventures as they try to solve simple and difficult cases, and we are introduced to a colourful cast of neighbours whom they help out. The most pressing cases are their own, though, as Annie desperately wants to find her mother, and Nathalie wants to find a way to win the Student Council elections.

    My only disappointment was that Nathalie's parents were not prominent enough. They make but a brief appearance toward the end of the book. In a story where other adult characters play an important role, such as Mr. and Mrs. Warsaw, and Ms. Hatch, Annie's foster grandmother, the absent relationship of Nathalie and her parents was too evident. Especially since Annie is dealing with parental abandonment. I found this ironic.

    Wouldn't a ten year old want to discuss the distressing situation of her best friend with her own mother? And running for Student Council Secretary was such a big deal for Nathalie, yet there's no parental involvement whatsoever? Instead, she talks to a chip on her bed board. Granted, kids have imaginary friends, but my motherly instincts still felt Nathalie's situation was too unrealistic. Her parents cared and loved her, therefore they should have been more involved in the story as the other adults were.

    Apart from this, the book was an enjoyable read for both my daughter and I. True friendship, believing in yourself, and showing kindness are some of the themes that run through this story, making this a thought-provoking novel as well. From the way it ended, I see the possibility of a third book in the picture, which would make a delightful series for middle graders.

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