The Missing Lunch (The Young Mystery Series) by B.K. Maxwell

youngmystThe Missing Lunch (The Young Mystery Series: Book 1)
By B.K. Maxwell
160 pages – ages 8+
Published by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. on June 17, 2014

Synopsis- When a friend’s amazing PB&J sandwiches go missing, siblings Kia and Marcus Young are called in to help solve the case! And thus, the Young Detective Agency is born! But which suspect at Rydell Elementary did it? No case is too small for the Young detective agency!

What I Thought – This book has a good plot idea. It is a fun story that kids who are into mysteries will like. The content is totally appropriate for all ages and is a good choice for young readers. I really liked how the dialogue was realistic and kid-like. I thought the school setting and the  characters were believable. The twists in the plot were a nice addition to keep the reader guessing. The ending of the story seemed a bit rushed to me and the mystery could have used a bit more at the end. Kia is a very self-assured character that thinks quickly. Marcus is a strong character who seems to accuse people a bit too fast during the search for the culprit, at times seeming a little mean. The team work and relationship between Kia and Marcus seems like a typical brother/sister relationship and it works well in the story. There are editing errors in the book that made the reading sluggish at times, bringing the pace of this fun mystery down. Overall, it has a good story line and worth a read for kids who enjoy a Cam Jansen type mystery.

I give “The Missing Lunch” three out of five bookworms.threebooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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24 replies

  1. I like a good mystery and my readers do too! And I’m always up for a lunch hunt! Thanks Erik!

  2. Sounds great. I only wish the ending wasn’t rushed. That just makes me so frustrated. I’ll grab a copy though. Thanks for such a well thought out review. Just for that you deserve a donut. WAIT A SEC! Where’s my lunch? ARGH!!!

  3. I so trust your reviews, Erik, you do such a balanced job with them. I too love a good mystery AND PBJ sandwiches.

  4. I love ‘no case too small’ it sounds fun.

  5. Sounds like a great read for younger kids wanting to read on their own. Mystery and humor — great mix.

  6. Peanut Butter is one of my favorite foods and I always liked Cam Jansen. Glad to hear you don’t always give every book five bookworms if it’s not quite up to your high standards. Happy New Year, Erik!

  7. That’s the peril of self-publishing—typos, etc. 🙁 It sounds like a very cute idea though! And I didn’t like PB&Js ’til I was an adult! Not sure why I didn’t like them as a kid—I think the peanut butter sticking to everything in my mouth lol

  8. Great review Erik! Sounds like a fun read.

  9. Nice analysis, Erik! Happy New Year!

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