Children's Literature - Jeanne PettenatiAn interesting plot, likable characters and concise writing make this book an enjoyable read. The book, which is one in the publisher's "Wishbone Mysteries" series, is excellent at demonstrating problem solving skills. Fourteen-year-old Samantha Kiepler is the main detective here, and she is ably assisted by the effervescent Wishbone, a Jack Russell terrier. She must solve the mystery of how the school's mascot costume was stolen from a locked car. Samantha begins her detective work by researching the type of crime known as a "locked room mystery." Although her first suspicions do not pan out, Samantha perseveres until the job is done. The "Wishbone Mysteries" series is featured on public television. 1999 (orig.
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