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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Digging for Trouble -- a Fun Middle Grades Mystery

Disclosure: Penguin Random House sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Hazel LOVES mysteries!! She loves reading them. It is her favorite genre. However she a bit picky about them. We took the first Nancy Drew book out of the library and she didn't like it. She couldn't relate to Nancy because she could drive and do things Hazel cannot do. Ever since we have been looking for mysteries she will enjoy. She liked the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series for a bit but they are a bit young for her reading level. UGH!! She loves the American Girl Mysteries but there are not that many of them. I was very excited to find The Devlin Quick Mysteries. In the second book, Digging for Trouble by Linda Fairstein, Devlin and one of her best friends, Katie, are on an archaeological dig in Montana as part of their summer vacation to Katie's family's vacation home. It is a far cry from their New York City homes. But the mystery begins when some of the dinosaur bones Katie uncovers get switched. 


Twelve-year-old Devlin is following in her mother's footsteps as a detective. Her mother is the police commissioner in New York. They friends return to New York City and Devlin and Katie's mother are planning a surprise birthday party for Katie at the Museum of Natural History. The mystery continues there and gets even more complicated. Will Devlin be able to dig up the truth? 
From our visit to the Museum of Natural History

This mystery is perfect for Hazel and her age group. There is excitement and adventure as well as mystery and education. I have not given it to her to read yet, but know she will love it. The story pulls you in and has surprises you do not expect. It is well written and has a bit of everything so it will attract both girls and boys. One of Devlin's best friends is a boy. There is a touch of first romance as well as friendship and family storylines. It is packed full with so much that it really is interesting and fun read. There is also information about dinosaurs and archaeological digs. 
Comparing hand sizes at the Museum of Natural History

I also love how Devlin compares Montana and New York City. It is what so many of us do when traveling. She sees the excitement and beauty in both. The story is told in Devlin's point of view. It is suggested for ages 8 to 12. I think most kids in this range will really enjoy it. It is a longer book for the younger part of this age group, but a great mystery without all the young adult issues and lifestyle. I hope you will check it out.  For more mysteries, be sure to check out  these reviews