I love the smart girl movement, but I couldn’t leave boys out of this post. These brilliant books appeal to middle grade readers of either gender. Strong, incredible women write strong books, and I am luck enough to have met both of these authors.
Amanda Hosch is a Seattle writer, and her book just launched here at the University Bookstore yesterday.
Mabel Opel Pear and the Rules for Spying by Amanda Hosch
Mabel Pear lives in a small town under Mt. Ranier, where cell service is spotty, the locals are quirky, and things get very complicated. Mabel’s parents are spies. Her aunt runs the local diner, a spoon museum, and cares for Mabel while they are on missions. Mabel is training to be a spy of her own. When her parents cannot be reached, and a new local detective is acting suspicious, Mabel’s spy skills get tested.
This book is fantastic. It appeals to boys and girls, has a rich setting, a smart and lovable main character, everything you want in a perfect middle grade novel. Purchase it for your child or classroom, or read it as an adult. I loved it.
To Purchase this book on Amazon, click here: Mabel Opal Pear and the Rules for Spying
The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
Cornelia is 11 years old, feisty, without a soul in the world to care for her. Her only living relative is a long lost Aunt Kate in Chicago. Cornelia finds herself dropped on the doorstep of a suspicious, bristly woman. She does not want a child, especially an unkempt, wild, willful girl like Cornelia. Her aunt is Kate Warne, a secret detective. Cornelia is full of spunk, but she is also fearless and street smart. She proves to be somewhat useful in solving Kate’s detective cases. Aunt Kate keeps her around, yet the threat of dropping her off with an orphanage is always present. Kate Warne was actually the first woman detective in Chicago. This story combines the factual history with a sweet, adventurous, and wild tale.
To Purchase this book on Amazon, click here: The Detective’s Assistant