Lark and the Diamond Caper

Natasha Deen, illus. by Marcus Cutler. Orca, $6.95 paper (96p) ISBN 978-1-4598-1400-4
This engaging sequel to Lark Holds the Key picks up immediately after the events of that story, in which young private investigators Lark and Conner Ba find a missing library key. This time, the twins happen upon a mystery at their town’s general store, where a pair of diamond earrings has disappeared. With careful questioning and note taking, as well as input from their Korean grandmother, Lark and her brother solve the case and still have time to put together a magic trick for their family’s talent night. Lark’s candid narration features crossed-out words she misspells, as well as other misunderstandings and malapropisms, that reflect her tricky relationship with language (she’s dyslexic), and Cutler’s digital illustrations bring the children’s multicultural community to life. Ages 7–9. Author’s agent: Amy Tompkins, Transatlantic Literary. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/25/2017
Release date: 09/01/2017
Genre: Children's
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