The Big Flush (Chicagoland Detective Agency Series #4)

The Big Flush (Chicagoland Detective Agency Series #4)

by Trina Robbins, Tyler Page

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Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Megan Yamamura, age thirteen, Haiku writer, member of the Chicagoland Detective Agency, has three strikes against her at Stepford Preparatory Academy and is not being invited back. Megan has to stay true to her style though which includes "Baby the Moon Shines Bright" dresses, reading Manga, and solving mysteries with her friend Raf and his dog, Bradley, who just happens to talk. When Megan's Dad drops her and her friends off at the Pine Lake Academy for a get acquainted luncheon, she is surprised to find out that the plumbing is haunted by ragtime music, and a young girl named Charity Merriweather, a former student from the turn of the century. This is a perfect mystery for the Chicagolanders and they delve into research. Raf even gets possessed by Charity's spirit when he drinks from the dilapidated water fountain. After some research and a quick possession of both Megan and Bradley, we learn that Charity and her cousin Verity were aboard the Titanic on that fateful cruise of 1912. They must track down Charity's lost locket that had been given to her by her mother, who had died in a carriage accident many years before. Verity blames herself and now neither spirit can rest until the Chicagolanders can retrieve this locket. The illustrations bring to life both the living and deceased in a story that perfectly blends the here and now and the eventful passing of the cruise liner, the Titanic. A great way to learn some fun facts about the past, all tied up in a bow befitting a "Baby the Moon Shines Bright" Victorian Lolita dress. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
Kirkus Reviews
This mystery should come with sheet music and a dance chart. A ghost is haunting the girls' bathroom at Pine Lake Academy, but that isn't the interesting part of the story. The interesting thing is that she's singing "Alexander's Ragtime Band." Anyone who drinks the water ends up possessed, and even a manly young detective like Raf Hernandez finds himself saying, "How I love the Turkey Trot! But Auntie says the Turkey Trot and the Grizzly Bear are vulgar and will corrupt today's youth." Some authors might stop at that level of quirkiness, but Robbins gets wilder and more inventive as the story goes on--even in a book with a talking dog in the first chapter. In Chapter 4, to solve the mystery, the dog allows himself to be possessed by not one, but two ghosts, who can't stop arguing. Haunted plumbing doesn't scare him. "Us dogs always drink from toilet bowls," he says. Not every page contains a surprise. The conclusion is oddly mundane; it has to do with the disposition of a household object. But then, the mystery is beside the point. Who needs detective work when an entire ghostly orchestra shows up for the final chapter? Mystery lovers will be perplexed, but fans of the series will line up for the next book, and their grandparents will hope it comes with a vinyl record. (Graphic mystery. 9-14)

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Graphic Universe
Publication date:
Chicagoland Detective Agency Series, #4
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)
GN710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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