Title: Into the Lion’s Den
Author: Linda Fairstein
Series: Devlin Quick Mysteries
Recommended for: 3rd- 6th Grade
Pages: 312 pages
Call Number/Link: J FICTION FAIRSTEIN, L.
Synopsis: Someone has stolen a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. At least, that’s what Devlin’s friend Liza thinks she’s seen, but she can’t be sure. Any other kid might not see a crime here, but Devlin Quick is courageous and confident, and she knows she has to bring this man to justice—even if it means breathlessly racing around the city to collect evidence. But who is this thief? And what could the page—an old map—possibly lead to? With her wits, persistence, and the help of New York City’s finest (and, okay, a little bit of help from her police commissioner mother, too), Devlin and her friends piece the clues together to uncover a mystery that’s bigger than anyone expected—and more fun, too.
Devlin is a great strong character who loves books and wants to show that she will make a great detective. It is a great plot, but I felt like there was a lot of explaining, that was not necessary to the solving of the mystery. There is a lot of talking trying to decide what to do and how to do things, and a little action. I am going to try the next one to see if it gets better. I thinks kids may like it and maybe they won’t find all the explanations unnecessary.