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CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEWS

Girl detectives solve mysteries while going on adventures

Editor's note: These book reviews were written by fifth-grade magnet program students at Leon Sheffield Elementary School.

NANCY DREW AND THE CLUE OF THE DANCING PUPPET By Carolyn Keene
Grosset &Dunlap, $6.99, 177 pages, hardcover.

By Brianna Gwin
Special to The Daily

Nancy Drew, a detective, is called on to solve another mystery in “Nancy Drew and the Clue of the Dancing Puppet.”

This time the Van Pelt Estate, home of the Footlighters (an acting business) has a very suspicious mystery on their hands.

A mysterious, no-stringed puppet has been dancing on their lawn. Nancy and her girlfriends, Bess and George, go and live with the owners of the Footlighters, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer.

Step by step, Nancy Drew unravels the mystery surrounding the puppets.

This was a scary mystery, but still fun to read. I was relieved when Nancy Drew solved each problem she encountered. Nancy was relieved to return home to her dad!

Nancy Drew books are mysterious and unpredictable. Nancy Drew is a person who just loves mysteries. You will need to read the rest of the book to find out what happens next.


UNDERCOVER GIRL
By Christine Harris Scholastic Paperbacks, $4.99, 128 pages, paperback.

By Erika Parker
Special to The Daily

The reason I chose "Undercover Girl" to read is because when my dad said he'd buy me a book, this one looked exciting. The cover on this book popped out at me! This is an adventure book where the characters have to tackle situations using teamwork.

Jesse, an important character, must try to prevent Jasmine from being kidnapped.

Jasmine's dad is trying to kidnap her so that he could inject her with a substance that would give him control over Jasmine. Jasmine, with Jesse's help, prevents her own kidnapping, but fails to prevent another person being kidnapped. Jesse is an undercover agent for C2 and is Jasmine's friend.

I didn't really like this book because the plot is confusing. The characters did seem real, but the introduction of each character took a long time, and I was never certain who was doing what. The cover photo was also misleading. It shows Jesse in a subway, but a subway is never written into the story as an important part.

This book might be for someone who loves the combination of mysteries and adventures.

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