Wednesday, May 13, 2009

First Clues Review: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

First Clues: Mysteries for Kids

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The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
The Enola Holmes Series

Puffin (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-14-240933-2 (0142409332)
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-240933-6 (9780142409336)
Publication Date: November 2007
List Price: $6.99

Review written by Mary, Age 13, Grade 8. Date of review: April 2009.

Review: Are you looking for an easy reader mystery book? The Case of the Missing Marquess is a children’s mystery by Nancy Springer. It is the first of three books in the “Enola Holmes Mystery Series”. This story takes place in England in 1880 about a 14 year old girl named Enola. Enola’s name spelled backwards is Alone, which fits her. Being the mistake and disgrace of the family, Enola was often alone and grew very independent. It wouldn’t have been such a big deal when her mother left one night, but minor clues like her mother’s wardrobe left Enola uneasy.

Following her instinct, Enola informs her brothers, the successful detectives, Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes. The siblings meet in London for a long overdue reunion. After brief conversation, Mycroft claims he has been giving money to their mother. Where did all that money go? Mycroft also insists Enola be sent to boarding school. Enola decides to take the journey to her mother alone.

Much to Enola’s advantage, she finds a hidden message from her mom. Following her mother’s clues, Enola uncovers money left in picture frames. Her mother had left the money Mycroft had sent for Enola. Disguised in her mother’s clothes, Enola takes off on a bike. She receives news that the Marquess of Basilwether had been kidnapped. She escapes to London only to be kidnapped herself. Coincidently, Enola finds herself captive on a boat with the Marquess! What happens to them? Will they escape? Will Enola find her mother?

This mystery was a great and adventure filled story. Written well, you feel as if you are in Enola’s shoes. Her feelings become real and understandable to the reader. This page turner leaves you hanging and on the edge of your seat. I would give The Case of the Missing Marquess a “thumbs up”. I along with many other readers cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel.

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