Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile

28 Jul

Title: Mystery on Museum Mile51FWNHqi5TL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
Author: Marcia Wells
Series: Eddie Red, Undercover
Recommended for: 3rd-7th grade
Pages: 240
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION WELLS, M. 

Sixth grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot, codename “Eddie Red,” has a photographic memory and talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon to solve the case.

This book is your standard action packed mystery with engaging secondary characters and a slightly-nerdy protagonist.  He definitely doesn’t have it all together, which adds a bit of realism to a story about the NYPD hiring a 12 year old.  My favorite parts of the story were the curmudgeonly detective and Edmund’s father, a hulking man with a shaved head who is a bowtie-wearing librarian and loves obscure facts.  Points of interest are the very real danger (someone actually gets shot) and the fact that it centers on an African-American boy.  We are always looking for good multicultural fiction, especially with a male protagonist, and this fits the bill!  The sequel, Mystery in Mayan Mexico, is also out.

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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Adventure, Juv, Mysteries


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