Alibi

Kristin Butcher. Orca, $9.95 trade paper (120p) ISBN 978-1-4598-0767-9
The spooky abandoned house on this book’s cover suggests something a bit more sinister than what’s going on in Butcher’s fast-paced addition to the Orca Currents line of books, written at a third-grade level. Fifteen-year-old Christine is eager to spend a two-week summer vacation with her eccentric great-aunt Maude in tiny Witcombe, British Columbia, where Maude owns an antique shop. Christine’s stay kicks off with a bang, when she is sucked into a mystery involving a series of local thefts and a cute lifeguard at the town pool. A breezy pseudo-Scooby-Doo vibe whisks readers forward as Christine does clumsy surveillance and suspects are considered, until a humorously unlikely culprit is unearthed. Butcher has just scratched the surface of her likeable and entertaining cast, whose future adventures would be welcome. Simultaneously available: Siege by Jacqueline Pearce. Ages 10–14. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/22/2014
Release date: 10/01/2014
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 113 pages - 978-1-4598-0768-6
Ebook - 120 pages - 978-1-4598-0769-3
Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-4598-0770-9
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