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Ten-year-old Wilma Tenderfoot, whose life's ambition is to be a great detective, finds an opportunity when the Katzin Stone is stolen and several people are murdered on tiny Cooper Island.
Sold from the Institute for Woeful Children to cantankerous Mrs. Waldock, foundling Wilma gets her chance when she discovers that Theodore P. Goodman, the island's greatest detective, lives next door. Ignoring her assigned tasks—muddying windows and scraping scabs—the determined child-investigator introduces herself, makes deductions, creeps after suspects, escapes circuitously and takes careful notes. She's joined in these activities by her new best friend, Pickle, a remarkably talented beagle who can fetch and carry messages and even make good detecting suggestions. This British import, the first of four already published in the UK, is full of hints about dire occurrences to come. At one point the author directly suggests that readers might want a hanky. The melodrama, outlandish invention and exaggerated humor will appeal to fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. Wilma is an appealing character, ever-hopeful that Goodman will take her on as an apprentice and help her find out more about her origins. The fast-paced plot twists and turns, but the conflict between good and evil is clear.
With plenty of loose ends for further installments, this is a promising beginning for a mystery series. (Mystery. 8-12)
Posted November 1, 2011
Posted March 17, 2012
This bbook was amazing.the plot,the scenes everything was so realistic except for the frozen hearts.it is not a good book for kids under 11 because there is much death before the half of the book.pickle is a loving character who is so hysterical while wilma is trying to become theodores apprentice.the flat blubby master of wilma is hilarious but also slightly gross.what i mean is the part where she tells wilma to fetch her spiders leg is utterly disgusting.it just needed a ting of humor but not that muchof humor.other than that this book has everything.from wilma being an orphanaged child trying to find her parents to the part where she is appointed apprenntice everything is so perfect and this book has everything needed to make a great book.this book has a mystery in which how te strange murder is released.u actually need to read the book twice to get the point.awesome.
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Posted January 15, 2012
I think that this book was way to silly for the age group it was wrote for. It repeated itself way to many times. The idea was cute and it could have been a good book but in trying to be cute and diffrent it became silly and obnoxious. I mean how many times do you need to tell the reader that wilma is from the Lowside Institute for Woeful Children in the first chapter. Well Emma Kennedy felt like five. I wanted to well I did say out loud we get where Wilma is from and this was like the three time she felt compelled to tell me. Imagine by the fifth time. To me it feels like she is talking down to the reader. The Author in one area writes for very young kids younger than I think the book recommends, then she uses words like circuitous. Really?!? I mean when I was young I looked words up or ask my mom but the Author needs some help from the Editor.
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Posted January 25, 2012
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