Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Maisy and the Missing Mice" by Elizabeth Woodrum

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Maisy and the Missing Mice
(The Maisy Files Volume 1)
by Elizabeth Woodrum

Maisy and the Missing Mice is the first in The Maisy Files mystery series for children ages 6 to 12. It is currently ON SALE for only $0.99. Coming soon: Maisy and the Money Marauder.
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Dive into Maisy's world of mystery and lollipops!
Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school’s mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.

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Favorite Lines
"She worked for cherry lollipops. They were the second most precious thing to her, the first being her little dog, Reesie."
"She had grown to love old black and white mystery movies, the kind that grandparents had watched when they were children back in the Stone Age."
"Don't mess with a girl's lollipops."
"But can we tell my dad? Mom is the scary one."

My Review
Maisy Sawyer is a fourth grader who "loved mysteries and was excellent at solving them." When she's on a case she literally sees things in black and white, like an old movie. And her fee? Why, cherry lollipops, of course!
Maisy is currently investigating the theft of the school mascots by the mysterious Black Boot. With her tools of the trade - her fedora, notebook and pencil, and a cherry lollipop - Maisy sets out to investigate and round up the suspects. And then she gets another case! Are these two cases related? And what's with the all-pervasive pizza smell?
The story is littered with quirky details so we don't know what's important and what's not. The author also introduces a number of characters so that the real culprit is not too obvious. Maisy solves her mysteries without making it look too easy, and provides us with a satisfying explanation. I only wish the book was illustrated. The cover drawing is so cute!
I look forward to reading further books in The Maisy Files. Just remember, don't mess with Maisy's cherry lollipops!

The Buzz
"Maisy and the Missing Mice is a fun chapter book featuring a smart and sassy tween girl as the title character; a solid and interesting plot featuring age-appropriate intrigue and suspense; and some terrific writing that carries the reader on a journey as a detective uncovering clues and solving the mystery of who stole the missing mice. I highly recommend this book as a read aloud book for children between the ages of 6 and 10 or for independent readers between the ages of 7 and 12 who love to read mysteries." ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews
"Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It's a quick page turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box." ~ The Children's Book Review
"The delights from this book start with the cover art and continue with a fun story that is well-written." ~ 5 Star Review, R. Johnson, Amazon
"My name is Kat. I am 9 years old. I would rate this a five because I like everything about it, the mystery the most. It was fun to read. My favorite part was the mystery and the end. I love this book so much. I think other kids would love it too because it has mystery and most kids would like mystery books. Most mystery books have a good mystery. I would love to read the whole series." ~ 5 Star Review, Heather A., Amazon
"What an Amazing book. I totally love it. I admire the author dedication for writing an incredible book. While reading this book, it was very clear that author understand kids. I’ve always been an avid reader and this book is one of the best books I have read in 2014. This book grabs my attention from the very start of the book and couldn't put it aside till I finish it." ~ 5 Star Review, KristinT, Amazon
"I knew I would love this book simply because I knew it would remind me of the mystery books I read in my childhood. I really love how much trust the teachers and community as a whole put in Maisy. She is well deserving of their admiration as the way she finds clues and finds the mascot for the school is well thought out. This is a story any child would love to read. I hope Maisy continues to solve mysteries..." ~ 5 Star Review, Josh, Amazon

About the Author
Elizabeth Woodrum is an elementary teacher in Ohio. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published. The series currently currently consists of one book, Maisy and the Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to release the next book in the series, Maisy and the Money Marauder, in August 2014.
As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include J. K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.

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