Gr 2-4-Lindy Blues, "Your Nose for News," is a fourth-grade investigative reporter. From the headquarters of Lindy Blues Network (her house), she covers all of the news of her neighborhood on her family's old camcorder, then "broadcasts" it every Saturday night in her garage. This week (a slow news week), the big story concerns her neighbor Joshua Becker's seven-year-old sister's missing silver dollar. Since Lindy is surprisingly precocious and analytical for her age, she easily puts the clues together to solve the case. Full-page drawings and spot art enliven the text and help to establish the characters. This beginning chapter book often takes a funny, sardonic tone, but as a mystery, it misses the mark. The plot is clever, but the writing style is uneven. An additional purchase.-Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
This early chapter book follows multitasking fourth grader Lindy Blues as she tracks down stories for her weekly neighborhood news show. Assisted by her brother Alex and his hand-me-down camcorder, Lindy broadcasts from the "Lindy Blues Network Studio"-her garage. Curious and clever, she turns a slow news day into a buoyant first-person account, using math skills both to solve the titular mystery and help her friend Joshua win a toy rocket launch contest. Information about U.S. silver dollars is woven into the text, and Woodruff's lively illustrations complement and extend the story. The use of the present tense, and Lindy's tendency to refer to herself in the third person, seem stylistically right, given the busy girl's dedication to her reportorial role. Tuned-in kids will enjoy Lindy's inventiveness as she scoops some really local news. (Fiction. 7-9)