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Children's LiteratureAbby O'Malley does not think her twelve-year-old life could be any more complicated. Being the daughter of a female private investigator is exciting and confusing all at the same time. Exciting because there are not many female private investigators and Abby enjoys the thrill of a successful case. It is confusing because she has a special "gift" that results in her solving some of those cases, but does not want to admit it. Abby, it seems has "inherited" an ancestral knack of being able to read minds, find missing objects and other weird things. She just is not sure she can accept that. Abby's best friend, Paige, feels otherwise and encourages her to use her gift to solve mysteries—no matter how insignificant, but realizes it only works on "important things" such as rescuing Paige's brother and solving criminal cases. No magical hocus pocus or wizardry is involved—just pre-teen fasciation with psychic ability as long as it is beneficial. Snyder proves herself to be an excellent storyteller, and develops a relatively diverse cast of characters with realism and creativity. The chapters flow effortlessly and engagingly with hardly a dull moment. Pre-teen girls will relate to the emotions and concerns of Abby and Paige's friendship, home lives and the very real energies of school, which makes for entertaining reading. 2005, Delacorte Press, Ages 9 to 12.