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Summary: Nancy and Bree are sad. It's almost Valentine's Day and their two favorite people don't have a boyfriend or girlfriend. So they set out to be matchmakers. How can they possibly get two people who don't know each other to fall in love? This is an early chapter book for developing readers.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, illustrated chapter, transitional reader
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 9 to 11
Interest Level: 6 to 9
Reading Level: 3.2
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet and not totally predictable story. Although it likely to get more attention in February, it is a fun read all year around. My only quibble is the gap between the target reader (still developing) and the word choice (somewhat sophisticated - particularly the French words). Readers who DON'T know Fancy Nancy from her picture books will probably like this more than those who are familiar with the shorter stories.
Pros: This early chapter book has "girl appeal" all over it. The story is cute, with just enough mystery to keep readers turning the page.
Cons: The vocabulary may be challenging for some readers.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a sweet story, but like many mysteries, once you've read it you won't read it again.
Educational Themes: With a little bit of stretching, this is a nice choice to help young readers learn about "meddling." All in all, though, it is meant to be a recreational read.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - friendship, mystery, easy reader series
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2013
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.