Into the Lion’s Den – Linda Fairstein


518uv6jkznl Into the Lion’s Den (The Devlin Quick Mysteries), Linda Fairstein, Dial Books for Young Readers, (9780399186431), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  5

Genre:   Mystery

What did you like about the book?  In her first book for young readers, Linda Fairstein serves up a fun fast-paced mystery set in NYC.  Devlin Quick is a smart 12-year-old who is being raised by her widowed mother, who just happens to be the Commissioner of Police of the City of New York.  This fact gives Devlin access to a top crime lab for her sleuthing. Her grandmother, a former “Boston Brahmin,” has lots of clout in the city as well.  In this kick off to the series, Devlin is out to stop a book thief.  When Devlin’s friend Liza notices a man cutting a page from a valuable book of maps, the girls along with another friend, Booker Dibble, are determined to solve the crime.  Readers will enjoy the sharp dialogue, and the action packed mystery.  Dev’s friends are ethnically diverse, with Liza visiting from Argentina and Booker who is African-American.  Those familiar with New York City will recognize many landmarks, including Patience and Fortitude the two lion statues of the New York Public Library. This first mystery will have readers eagerly awaiting the next!

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Hand this to readers who love mysteries.  Fans of Nancy Drew will love this modern girl detective.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you enjoy mysteries.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 12/28/16             

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