The Mysterious Moonstone

Eric Luper, illus. by Lisa K. Weber. Scholastic, $16.99 (128p) ISBN 978-0-545-82205-3
After discovering a secret library at their elementary school, friends Evan and Cleo are transported into a mystery novel, where they come to the aid of the detective trying to solve the case. Beyond being an entertaining time-travel adventure (the caper is a Holmesian affair set in 19th-century England), Luper’s story is an enlightening introduction to the tricks and tropes of the mystery genre, from red herrings and falling chandeliers to butlers who may or may not have done it. Art not seen by PW. Available simultaneously: The Spy’s Secret. Ages 7–10. Author’s agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Associates. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/29/2016
Release date: 04/26/2016
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 128 pages - 978-0-545-82204-6
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