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Shirley Link & The Safe Case
     

Shirley Link & The Safe Case

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by Ben Zackheim
 

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Who is Shirley Link?

"I put on my kindest face for the poor man. I even smile a little. Marie slashes her fingers across her neck, telling me to stop with the fake grin. She must think I look creepy again. I keep smiling, though. I need to practice. I have a problem with people thinking I'm mean." - Shirley Link

And so it goes, for Shirley Link.

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Who is Shirley Link?

"I put on my kindest face for the poor man. I even smile a little. Marie slashes her fingers across her neck, telling me to stop with the fake grin. She must think I look creepy again. I keep smiling, though. I need to practice. I have a problem with people thinking I'm mean." - Shirley Link

And so it goes, for Shirley Link. Brilliant, brazen and still a whole year away from her driver's permit. Sure, she's only 14 years old and has homework to do, but she'll put it aside for the right mystery!

Shirley Link's kickoff adventure pits her against a thief who's stolen thirty thousand dollars from her school's safe. Usually, she'd wrap that kind of case up before The Big Bang Theory. But there's one intriguing, frustrating detail. The half-ton safe disappeared too! Shirley must find the culprit quickly, or else her beloved principal, Mr. Reese, will lose his job. As she digs deeper, Mr. Reese looks more and more guilty. Will Shirley save him, or get him tossed in jail?

"This is how it is to be Shirley Link, the best detective in the world, if I do say so myself. I can spot a lie like most people spot a zit. I see connections where they hide best. And I get in trouble every time I try to tell people what I do with my free time. Only a handful know about my talent. I prefer to keep it that way." - Shirley Link

Editorial Reviews

Parents.com - Emily Neuburger
Shirley Link is a new girl detective series that my daughter is crazy about. This is an amazing series, my friends! Your kids will be hooked and you'll feel really good about it. Visit author Ben Zackheim's blog for more details and information.
GoodReads Author Review - Edward Hemingway
Move over Agatha Christie! This Virginia Mars for the tween-set is funny, smart, and full of preternatural wisdom. A thirteen year old gumshoe with mad crazy perception skills, Shirley Link sets out to solve the mystery of a missing school safe while at the same time juggling jealous best friends, boys, and homework. She does this with aplomb and the occasional, hilarious zinger.
An Amazon Top Reviewer - Pop Bop
There are early middle grade mysteries out there, but most of them have sketchy characters, and a lot of them plod along fairly predictable arcs. This series has an engaging heroine, a lot of attitude, and a much snappier overall feel.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016139067
Publisher:
Ben Zackheim
Publication date:
01/02/2013
Series:
Shirley Link , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
103
Sales rank:
972,850
File size:
44 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

I was one of the first writers to jump into the blogging scene, as Joystiq's first Senior Editor. My team and I led the blog's meteoric rise to the top of the blogosphere, writing headlines like "Pac-Man Hat defies any fashion sense - buy one now!" Good times.

But I wasn't satisfied with just writing about games, so I made some. After producing titles for Sony and ESPN I moved on to AOL's Games.com where my team's online games (IceBreakers, Penguin Pirates and Book of Treasures) have been played by over ten million people.

Now? Now I'm all about Shirley. The Shirley Link series grew from my need for a teen hero who knows what she's doing. There's no stumbling across victory with Shirley. She plans eight moves ahead to ensure victory. I could write her forever, and plan to. But that doesn't mean I don't have other worlds ready to spring!

In fact, I can't wait to roll out my next series, The Camelot Kids.

The Camelot Kids is a fantasy adventure set in 2012. Merlin travels the world to recruit 150 descendants of the Knights of the Round Table -- every last one of them teenagers. He needs their help to save the hidden kingdom of New Camelot. Sure, the greatest wizard to ever live may be prepared for the random rogue wizard, or a hive of hungry dragons, but is Merlin ready for The Camelot Kids?

I live in Massachusetts, surrounded by the Forbidden Forest, with my wife and son. I'm scheduled to begin teaching classes in digital marketing at New York's School of Visual Arts MFA Visual Narrative program in 2015.

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Shirley Link & The Safe Case 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DeviNair More than 1 year ago
This is one of the cutest books I have read. Shirley Link is an instantly likable kid detective, who is very intelligent but a very normal teenager. She has this adorable couple of friends, Marie and Wylie, who like each other but do not accept it. Shirley, however, has her head strong on her shoulders, at least that is what she thinks. There is absolutely nothing I did not like about this book. It is a really short book and would do wonders with kids. The concept is captivating and story is crisp without any scope of mind wandering. I would love to read more of Shirley and her friends. They are definitely here to stay.
YvonneJ More than 1 year ago
I'm always on the lookout for good middle-grade reads that can be read in less than a couple of hours and this is one. I think that the book would appeal to both boys and girls as they go along with Shirley Link and her friends as Shirley solves this mystery. Large text and a lot of white space make it a lot quicker (and easier) to read than its 83-pages would initially lead you to believe. Even though my grandchildren are ages 8 through 11, they still enjoy having a bedtime story read to them and I think they will love listening to this book as much as I will enjoy reading it to them.