Maisy and the Missing Mice

Maisy and the Missing Mice

by Elizabeth Woodrum


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Maisy and the Missing Mice by Elizabeth Woodrum

When a mysterious thief called The Black Boot takes credit for stealing the school

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781537510033
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/09/2016
Series: Maisy Files , #1
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.17(d)

About the Author

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Elizabeth Woodrum has been a teacher for twelve years. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children's series, is the first series that she has published.

As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks.

Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently lives in Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.

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Maisy and the Missing Mice 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Bellasgram1217 5 months ago
Move over Nancy Drew there is a new detective in town for the younger set. I loved this story line and plot. It is about Maisy a 4th grader with a love for old black and white mystery movies and cherry lollipops. She is kind of a legend in her school for solving mysteries. In this book the unofficial mascots of the school are taken by the person only know as The Black Boot. Maisy works to solve mysteries for cherry lollipops. Maisy immediately goes on the case and the race begins. The book is the right length for a 2nd to 4th grade student and will hold their interest. After reading it I myself this is the next book on my list to read with my 3rd grade Granddaughter. Full of twists and turns, humor and surprises this is sure to please both boys and girls. I highly recommend it even to adults who like children mysteries. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
If you ever want to see your lollipops again, forget about the missing mice. Meet Maisy. A savvy, precocious, 4th grade detective with a knack for solving misdemeanors. Every case she’s been on has brought her back to the old-time, black-and-white movies, where she was a little Humphrey Bogart. Maisy never asked for money; just lollipops. And one thing that you’d need to know about her: Nobody messes with her lollipops. Now her school is without its mascot: mice. And Maisy is on the case. Maisy is a smart kid with an overactive imagination. A cute, fun mystery that kids will enjoy!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite While this book is intended for elementary school children, this 50-year-old got quite a kick out of it too. Maisy and The Missing Mice (The Maisy Files Book 1) by Elizabeth Woodrum is about a cherry lollipop-loving fourth grader named Maisy who considers herself quite the sleuth, even wearing a detective-like fedora and carrying a notebook to write down clues. When the school science lab's mice go missing, she assigns herself the job of tracking down a thief named The Black Boot, only to find herself a victim too. In fact, one theft turns out to be three thefts. Maisy breaks out her detective kit and follows the clues to solve the mystery and reveal the thief. Reminiscent of the Encyclopedia Brown children's series, Maisy and The Missing Mice (The Maisy Files Book 1) by Elizabeth Woodrum is a wonderfully written book for children. I can easily see a fourth grade teacher reading a chapter per day to her students to instill in them a love of reading as well as enhance their problem-solving skills by asking them what clues they are hearing as they move through the story. I would have liked some illustrations throughout the book that depicted the story being told. I found myself wondering who the thief was going to be as I caught each clue that was dropped, and I was anxiously turning pages to see how Maisy was going to solve this big mystery.
Paradoxical More than 1 year ago
I received this book free from the author for an honest review. Maisy and the Missing Mice: The Maisy Files Book 1 by Elizabeth Woodrum is written in a style similar to the Encyclopedia Brown mystery series with a female protagonist. The plot is fascinating and unique. The author knows her audience and has delivered writing that is spot on for the upper elementary age group. It does not contain inappropriate material, either. I only had a few problems with the book. There are some descriptions that are repeated. I enjoyed that Elizabeth Woodrum was trying to imitate that Maltese Falcon era style (cue the background solo saxophone), but she doesn’t quite have it nailed with this first book. It will be interesting to read book 2 and see how she has continued to develop this. Also, once we are introduced to the black and white world, I would have liked all colors to have faded Instead, Woodrum sometimes wavers between color and grayscale (along the lines of : "her hair was not really the dark gray Maisy was seeing. It was actually a dark, coppery-red mass…”. At other times, she does a great job of keeping it without color: “She peeled the grey shaded peel from the banana…” . This is just something minor, though, in the overall scheme of things. All-in-all, I am planning on passing this book on for my daughters to enjoy. I know my oldest will be re-reading it again and again. Any child who loves mysteries will like this.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Maisy Sawyer is a fourth grader who "loved mysteries and was excellent at solving them." When she's on a case she literally sees things in black and white, like an old movie. And her fee? Why, cherry lollipops, of course! Maisy is currently investigating the theft of the school mascots by the mysterious Black Boot. With her tools of the trade - her fedora, notebook and pencil, and a cherry lollipop - Maisy sets out to investigate and round up the suspects. And then she gets another case! Are these two cases related? And what's with the all-pervasive pizza smell?  The story is littered with quirky details so we don't know what's important and what's not. The author also introduces a number of characters so that the real culprit is not too obvious. Maisy solves her mysteries without making it look too easy, and provides us with a satisfying explanation. I only wish the book was illustrated. The cover drawing is so cute!  I look forward to reading further books in "The Maisy Files". Just remember, don't mess with Maisy's cherry lollipops! I received this book in return for an honest review.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Maisy And The Missing Mice Author: Elizabeth Woodrum Publisher: Elizabeth Woodrum Published: 9-24-2013 ISBN: 10-1492922056 ISBN: 13-978-1492922056 E-Book ASIN: B00FOA30BM Pages: 75 Genre: Children's Literature Tags: Mystery Overall Rating: Very Good While out walking one night with her dog, Reecie, Maisy Sawyer is about to enjoy her all time favorite cherry lollipop when a bike rider comes out of the dark and throws a paper at her. When she opens the paper she reads the warning to drop her investigation of the missing school mascot mice or she will never get her cherry lollipop collection back. Instead of making her back of Maisy is more determined than every to find out who The Black Boot is and bring him to justice. Maisy is a charming character who submerses herself in the role of detective whenever she is on the case. The case of the missing mice is a simply told story but will delight readers ages 8-12 easily. I myself was taken back to my Nancy Drew days and loved Maisy Sawyer. She is a lovable character with a heart of gold and a strong sense of right and wrong. When I read this story with my niece, age 8, we laughed and enjoyed different aspects. My niece was quick to point out that her lollipop of choice would be grape and not cherry. Not to mention she wasn't sure she would look for someone's missing tooth. Other than those two items she also loved Maisy and said she would like to read more stories about her cases. Elizabeth Woodrum has an endearing series that appeals to the younger reader set.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I read this book or helped my 8 year old. He seemed to really enjoy, even though she is a girl, this story. He giggled over "black boot", and interesting descriptions. The story is geared for his age, and he wished there was more when he had finished the book. He giggled over her obsession with the lolly pops, and thought the thief was quite smart to steal her prized collection. He wondered why the thief would want someone else tooth....yuck!! When we got to the answers we was happy about the outcome!! Good job Maisy!! He is looking forward to the next book in this series!! I received this book through Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Maisy and the Missing Mice was a short, but enjoyable read. It’ll be ideal for lower graders who enjoy a pleasant mystery. It’s not scary at all, and our detective and main character, Maisy Sawyer, will be very relatable for little kids. She loves cherry lollips, her dog Reesie, and hanging out with her best friend, Veronica. At times, she’s completely random – like any regular kid – but she does have an intelligent head on her shoulders, and she loves solving puzzles and mysteries. Like a junior Sherlock Holmes, Maisy tries to solve the mystery involving the Black Boot, the thief who stole the school’s mascots and later on, her lollipops, threatening her he’d crush all her lollipops if she got involved. As Maisy gathers clues, she also has to deal with Veronica’s upcoming birthday party. The book is a light-hearted, fun read. The plot moves fast, but not so fast kids won’t understand it. The main character is easily relatbale, she’s funny, and entertaining. The mystery itself wasn’t overly complicated to understand, but it wasn’t blatantly obvious either. A great mystery read for its target audience, and enjoyable even by an older audience. It reminded me of the mystery books I read when I was younger, and seems to have that tough of magic some children’s mysteries lack. Definitely worth reading, and ideal for kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mystery-adventure- Maisy and the Missing Mice- was incredibly cute. I thought Maisy Sawyer and her little dog, Reesie, were adorable. The imagery was done very well, making Maisy's home and school easy to envision. I really liked reading this story, and I think it's cute that the girl detective chooses to use a typewriter. It's not very long, an easy read. Good for children who like Nancy Drew novels, the Boxcar Children mysteries, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, quick paced mystery book.  It's aimed at girls around second through fourth grade.  Maisy is a witty and fun character.  My daughter and I both loved that she has a sweet tooth for cherry lollipops.  It was fun watching Maisy follow the clues to solve the case of the missing mice.  We are hoping that the next Maisy book comes out soon!