Thursday, January 08, 2009

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

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The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

Puffin (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-14-240933-2 (0142409332)
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-240933-6 (9780142409332)
Publication Date: November 2007
List Price: $6.99

Review written by Lauren, Age 12, Grade 6. Date of review: January 2009.

Review: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer is the first book in the Enola Holmes mystery series. The main character is Enola Holmes, a 14 year old girl, who has two brothers. One of them is the great detective Sherlock Holmes.

When Enola Holmes discovers her mother’s strange disappearance she quickly sets out to find her. Her mother has sometimes gone a few days without being home, but comes back, but when Enola’s mother goes missing on her birthday setting out wearing the oddest clothes, she knows something isn’t right. She escapes being sent off to boarding school and immediately begins to search for her mother. She disguises herself as a widow and travels to the city of London. While on the journey Enola comes upon the case of the missing Marquess, Lord Tewksbury. She and the run away Lord Tewksbury, the heir to a throne, are kidnapped by two men. They manage to quickly flee their captors. Enola then leaves Lord Tewksbury to hunt for her long lost mother which nobody seems to care about except for her.

This is a book with a lot of action packed scenes. Although it can sometimes be confusing with its strong vocabulary, The Case of the Missing Marquess is a fun and thrilling adventure for readers. Whenever Enola gets into a situation such as when she is kidnapped by two murderous villains, it’s like you can never put your book down! Nancy Springer vividly describes the whole story so it feels like your right in the room with all the characters. I strongly recommend this book because you’ll just want to keep reading more. It will be a very good book if you’re in need for an exciting well written story.

This is a very good book for the start of the Enola Holmes mystery series. When you read the book you’ll want to read all the others! I would recommend this book for anyone over the age of 12. Those younger that might have a hard time understanding it, because of the book’s extensive vocabulary.

Nancy Springer is a two time award winner for the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery.

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  1. i have this book but it's really hard form me to read..i'm 13 yrs old..

  2. I'd recommend you keep it and try again in a year or so. Teenagers who have read the books in this series review them quite favorably.

  3. Since your recommendation, I read it and I loved it. I'm going to read the whole series


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