Menehunes Missingby Cheryl Martin
It's just a game, right? Wrong! The Menehune Hunt turns into eerie intrigue filled with danger as The Hawaiian Island Detective Club tackles their second genuine mystery. The crazy clues make no sense at all, but Leilani is determined to figure out why the statues of Hawaii's treasured, Leprechaun-like little people are disappearing during the school fundraiser event, even if it means asking her pain-in-the-pants, ten-year-old brother, Kimo, for help. A fire, a visit from police, a creepy stakeout, too many suspects and an intense diversion involving Kimo and an irate storeowner hinders their investigation. Leilani worries that they'll never figure out who's stealing the odd, yet unremarkable little statues, and why. Are she and her friends in danger... possibly from someone they know?
Meet the Author
Cheryl Martin is a graduate of the University of Oregon. After pursuing a successful Parks and Recreation career, Ms. Martin now focuses on her passion--writing mystery novels. The Hawaiian Island Detective Club combines her love of all things Hawaiian and her fascination with intrigue. A wife and mother of three grown children, memories of raising her spirited kids inspire many of her characters' quirks, relationships, and mishaps. This is her second book with Comfort Publishing, the follow-up to her successful 2012 release Pineapples in Peril, the first Hawaiian Island Detective Club story.
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ANOTHER HIT FOR THE HIDC! review by Sadie & Sophie Cuffe Menehunes Missing has Leilani and her friends back in the mystery solving business as they try to figure out why the little Hawaiian statues that were hidden for a contest are disappearing. It's said that the best authors are those you don't see, and Cheryl Martin easily has us believing Leilani wrote this book. The flavor of Hawaii is apparent on every page, from the opening pronunciation guide, to the just-right-amount of Pidgin English, to the flavor of the kids' favorite treats - it's all enticingly tropical. We love the interaction between Leilani and her little brother Kimo. Their relationship is realistic without being cruel, and goes straight to the heart without being gushy.
Martin's sharp writing, adorable characters and fast-paced mysteries are sure to hook young readers. Menehunes Missing is the second in the Hawaiian Island Detective club series which revolves around Leilani, Maile and Sam's exciting investigations. Even though I'm an adult, I really love these books. They're funny and have some great twists. If you're looking for a clean read for your elementary or middle schooler, this series is it.