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Menehunes Missing
     

Menehunes Missing

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by 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,

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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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Martin offers a likeable yet uneven tale of three Hawaiian friends who solve mysteries. Leilani and her pals Sam and Maile become involved in a fundraising treasure hunt for statues of menehunes—leprechaun-like Hawaiian spirits. The treasure hunt gets complicated quickly when the hidden statues begin disappearing, and the place where the first statue is stashed is struck by fire. Leilani and her almost-eighth-grade chums make a list of suspects and begin investigating. Leilani’s younger brother, Kimo, and a 16-year-old whom she’s crushing on add texture and humor to the story. The Hawaiian setting is fresh and appealing, and Leilani’s family, headed by a single mother, is engaging. Martin, writing the second volume in the Hawaiian Island Detective Club series, also has a good ear for dialogue. Pacing is a serious weakness, however; the friends spend too much time eating ice cream and laughing uproariously about things that are stated outright to be funny. The book feels padded after a zesty start; it will appeal more to younger middle-grade readers. Ages 8–12. Agent: Terry Burns, Hartline Literary. (Feb.) ¦

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938388248
Publisher:
Comfort Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Series:
Hawaiian Island Detective Club Series , #2
Pages:
142
Sales rank:
1,183,663
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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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Menehunes Missing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JNelsonFL More than 1 year ago
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.