Howard Wallace, P.I.
Howard Wallace, a seventh grader, along with his trusty bike, Blue, and his new apprentice, Ivy, must solve a case involving missing Student Council funds. He’ll go through many packs of gum while wearing his beloved trench coat, which looks like a brown bath robe to everyone else, and avoiding the two eighth-graders who shake him down for choice lunch items daily. He has a special skill set to make investigating a little bit easier, including bribing the custodian with donuts to leave his “office area” alone when mowing, and knowing every inch of the school, including all the locker combinations.
This is a hard-boiled detective mystery for middle-grade readers. It’s fast-paced and funny, and accurately depicts middle school. The author holds the tone of the cynical detective well throughout. I highly recommend this book to both boys and girls because it interests each group; it has a boy protagonist and a smart girl who assists in solving the mystery. Also, it deals with subjects of interest to fourth- through eighth-graders: class politics, bullying, school groups, parent and child relationships, and school authorities. The mystery is interesting, fun and has something to offer most middle-grade readers.
Sterling Children's Books
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