Sunday, September 4, 2016

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday (September 5, 2016): The Underdogs by Sara Hammel

P.S. Come back tomorrow for another review, and on Thursday for Poetry Thursday!
I took a break from blogging last week, but I'm back! For MMGM, I'm reviewing The Underdogs by Sara Hammel.

Here's the publisher's description:

Who killed Annabel Harper?
When a popular teen beauty’s body is discovered by the pool at an elite tennis club, the regulars are shocked—especially twelve-year-old Evie and her best friend, Chelsea. While everyone else is haunted by the teen’s death, Evie and Chelsea jump on the case, dogging the footsteps of the lead detective as he investigates. As temperatures soar over the summer, tensions rise, fingers are pointed, and a heroic act sets in motion a chain of events readers will never see coming.
In the tradition of The Westing Game comes this debut mystery with a breathtaking twist.

This book is great! The book is told from the perspective of Chelsea, and the chapters flip between events that occurred before Annabel's death and after. The chapters from before the death usually involves Chelsea's friend Evie, who is overweight and is bullied for it. As the story progresses, Evie gains confidence and happiness. The chapters set after the death focus on the detective, Detective Ashlock, and his questioning of other characters, through the ears of Evie and Chelsea, who are eavesdropping. Also, the ending has a spectacular twist, which is the perfect kind where there are hints along the way but you still don't guess it, leaving you bewildered and then excited as you connect all the clues together. This book is a entertaining mystery that is great for anyone.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. This sounds great. I loved The Westing Game. I will check this one out. Thanks for the review.