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Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? 04/17/08
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? by Avi is a good introduction to the literary mystery. Think of it as akin to The Bookman's Promise but for younger readers.
Here detectives are fraternal twins Becky and Toby. Becky has the bad luck of being accused of stealing a set rare books that had been set aside for the library sale: The Wizard of Oz, The Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan, and Through the Looking Glass.
While The Wizard of Oz is the impetus for the mystery, the heart and soul of the mystery is hidden away in Lewis Carroll's works. Avi walks the reader through the key points of each of the missing novels but a basic understanding of the books will make the mystery all the more enjoyable.
Ooh, it sounds interesting. I have a 12 y.o. neice who's an avid reader - is that the right age to recommend this book to?
Absolutely! The publisher recommends it for ages 8 to 12."
Is this a new book? It sounds like just the sort of thing my thirteen year old and I could enjoy together"