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Agatha Christie believed this story about a murder that throws a wealthy British family into chaos is a mystery lovers' delight: The clues take you where you need to go, but somehow, it's still utterly surprising when you get there.
From our review: "This is a terrific middle grades take on classic Gothic literature, complete with a spooky old house, a deliciously creepy ghost, and a slow nightmarish unfolding. Auxier has a deft lyrical voice that echoes classic scary tales like Rebecca and The Woman in White, but the story has a steady action pacing that will appeal to tween readers. Kids will identify with Kip, who really wishes he could just be like everybody else, and Molly, who’s taken on adult responsibilities that are really too big for her to face alone. There’s plenty of suspense and drama, but it winds up with a satisfyingly safe and happy ending for pretty much everyone the reader has gotten fond of over the course of the book."
We're doing a comparative lit study of Sherlock Holmes, and this YA novel is on the list. Publishers Weekly says: "Debut author Cavallaro brings Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuths (or their distant relatives, anyway) into the 21st century, casting Holmes as a brilliant young woman and Watson, who narrates, as her admirer and accomplice... An involving murder mystery, and a promising start to a planned trilogy.”
Part time-travel story, part coming-of-age tale, part ode to 70s Manhattan, Stead's middle grades mystery is as complex and genre-busting as A Wrinkle in Time (which is the protagonist's favorite book). The Washington Post says "Like A Wrinkle in Time (Miranda's favorite book), When You Reach Me far surpasses the usual whodunit or sci-fi adventure to become an incandescent exploration of 'life, death, and the beauty of it all."
If you're in the market for a kitchen chemistry spine, this hands-on resource is a good bet. Science News says, "This clear primer to the chemistry of cooking goes well beyond the basics to teach cooks how to improve their results scientifically.” I say learning about acid indicators with recipes like Lemonade with Chameleon Eggs is homeschool cooking fun at its best.