In this funny and clever middle grade mystery reminiscent of Rear Window and perfect for fans of the Mysterious Benedict Society series, Sophie Young and Grace Yang are best friends, seventh graders, and spies.
Sophie and Grace have made a game out of spying on their neighbors. On one of their midnight stakeouts, they witness a terrifying scene at the home of their bizarre middle-school counselor Dr. Charlotte Agford (also known as Dr. Awkward).
At least, they think they do. When the girls are proven wrong, they are still convinced that Dr. Agford is hiding a terrible secret—and they're determined to find out what it is. Soon the girls are breaking secret codes, being followed by a strange blue car, and tailing strangers with unibrows and Texas accents. But as their investigation heats up, Sophie and Grace start to crack under the pressure. Will solving the case destroy their friendship?
|File size:||813 KB|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Kristen Kittscher is a writing tutor in Pasadena, California, where she lives with her husband. The 2014 James Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence and a graduate of Brown University, she taught middle-school English for many years. She is the author of The Tiara on the Terrace and The Wig in the Window.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What an enjoyable book! A must read!
I am in the middle of reading this book, it is so awesome! This is a good book for ages 9-13:)
This was a charming middle grade read with a mystery that kept me on my toes. I loved the So Cal beach setting—an idyllic neighborhood for a creepy mystery. As a kid I was obsessed with HARRIET THE SPY, and this book really brought back those memories. I think kids will feel the same fondness for Young and Yang—the intrepid spies—that I did for Harriet. The twists and turns in the mystery were real surprises and as an adult I found myself yelling out "WHAT!" as I read them. Aside from the intriguing mystery element, I thought the characters were incredibly well-written—the friendship between Young and Yang truly realistic in all its flaws and strengths, and the evolution of Sophie Young's character from timid to brave was quite realistic. Really loved this book, a fun and smart middle grade read!
Okay, so I don't usually do book reviews... But Kristen Kittscher deserves a humungous shout-out! WIG made me laugh, brought tears to my eyes, had me flipping pages like a mad women, kept me up past my bed time, and thoroughly entertained me! Huzzah. I loved it! This isn't just for middle-schoolers!
This books is fantastic. I was expecting something light-hearted and funny, a whimsical adventure about two young female sleuths who get in over their heads... what I got was all of that, plus so much more. There is *depth* to this book. Not hit-you-on-the-head-with-Big-Issues kind of depth (although I like those books, too), but subtle depth in every character and situation. Stereotypes are routinely addressed and smashed, and readers will be introduced to the idea of cultural appropriation, perhaps for the first time. Perception is a big theme, and we're constantly re-assessing what we know about the characters and story based on changing information -- something most of us in the real world don't do nearly enough. This theme is so perfectly suited for a mystery plot, where new information is routinely uncovered, making the plot a natural vehicle for self-reflection and growth. But there are great fight scenes, too, and a ton of unexpected plot twists and reversals. The stakes escalate quickly and ramp up to a thrilling end sequence. Sophie, our main hero, begins the book as a bit of a follower, always taking the lead from her best friend Grace. But their friendship becomes more complicated when Sophie meets a new friend, the amazing Trista, and begins to eventually develop a strength all her own. This is an empowering, enlightening book in so many ways -- but it's also just plain FUN and laugh-out-loud funny, too. I can't recommend it highly enough. I'll be putting this on my shelf next to Ellen Raskin's THE WESTING GAME.