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The Harlem Charade

Title: The Harlem Charade
Author: Natasha Tarpley
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 3rd- 8th Grade
Pages: 297 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION TARPLEY, N.

Synopsis: Seventh-graders Jin, Alexandra, and Elvin come from very different backgrounds and circumstances, but they all live in Harlem, and when Elvin’s grandfather is attacked they band together to find out who is responsible–and the search leads them to an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune, and into conflict with an ambitious politician who wants to turn Harlem into an historic amusement park.

This book is rich in culture.  We have three main characters that come from different backgrounds, that come together by chance.  Jin likes to watch people that come into her grandparents bodega. She catches Alexandra taping Met passes on food items.  Jin now has a mystery to solve to find out why. The three main characters are strong, kind-hearted teenagers.  Throughout the story they learn some history of Harlem artist from the 1960’s and come to appreciate the community.  It is a wonderful way to get children to look around their own communities.

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Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Juv, Mysteries


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Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective

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Title: Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective The Sweetest Heist in History: Book 2

Author: Octavia Spencer

Series: Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective

Recommended for: Grades 3-7 

Pages: 209


Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Spencer, O.


Synopsis: Randi Rhodes and her fellow ninja detectives, DC and Pudge, were flying high after solving the Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit. But life in sleepy Deer Creek has begun to feel…a bit boring. There are no crimes to investigate! But a trip to New York City to visit Randi’s aunt changes that! While the ninja detective trio explores Randi’s old neighborhood in Brooklyn, they uncover an art heist. Except no one will believe them. So they’ll just have to catch the criminals in the act…

Thoughts: I thought this book was a little slow at first and the vocabulary might be a little high for a 3rd grader but then the action picked up.  I was able to finish reading the book once the storyline improved.  I would say this is for a higher reader in third grade and this is the second book in the series.  Definately worth recommending if a patron likes action with young kids kicking some people around.

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Posted by on April 13, 2016 in Adventure, Juv, Mysteries


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