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Author: Dotti Enderle

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Publisher: Llewellyn Books,

Material: paperback

Summary: School's out. While Anne is thinking about the boys at the pool and Gena is pleading for help to find her lost retainer, Juniper sees something that will make sure they're summer days are full. This is a fun, wholesome mystery that everyone can share.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 and up

Interest Level: 8 to 13

Reading Level: 4

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: I thought this was a great mystery book. I think readers between the 4th and 6th grades will really enjoy this book.

Adult Reader Reaction: There's mystery, suspense and humor…all wholesome and oh-so-preteen. A Magic 8-Ball always has the answers, right? This would be a fun book to older kids to share with their pre-reading/early reading siblings.

Pros: The chapters are short, so if you're trying to get lights out, you can set reasonable reading limits.

Cons: It will be hard for mystery lovers to put down. Those with strong beliefs may find the use of the oija board, Magic 8-Ball and tarot cards as inappropriate on principal.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. At $4.99 or less, they're a great investment. Everyone will enjoy reading them.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown series books FORTUNE TELLERS CLUB 4: SECRETS OF LOST ARROW   MAGNOLIA   THE MISSING CANARY

Educational Themes: Kids at every age can use a reminder about the importance (and rules) of friendship. For those squeemish about mystical arts, it's an opportunity to talk with your kids and keep the 'evil' in perspective.

Literary Categories: Fiction - mystery, adventure, middle grade series, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2004, June 2006

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