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A. Hall & Co. by Joseph C. Lincoln
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search, Part 3 by Gene Luen Yang
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Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D'Agnese
The Brontë Sisters by Catherine Reef
Can You Count to a Googol? by Robert E. Wells
The Chairs Are Where the People Go by Misha Glouberman
Constable and Toop by Gareth P. Jones
The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
Dishwasher by Pete Jordan
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Home Front Girl by Joan Wehlen Morrison
I Am John I Am Paul by Mark Tedesco
Ichiro by Ryan Inzana
The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series by Michael Dante DiMartino
Linoleum, Better Babies, and the Modern Farm Woman, 1890-1930 by Marilyn Irvin Holt
Little Bo in Italy by Julie Andrews Edwards
Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer
Mary-'Gusta by Joseph C. Lincoln
The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
The Salaryman's Wife by Sujata Massey
Silent Visions by John Bengtson
Specials by Scott Westerfeld
Squid and Octopus Friends for Always by Tao Nyeu
A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California by Laura Cunningham
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley
Varjak Paw by S.F. Said
The View from the Top by Hillary Frank

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4 stars: Good but flawed
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Comments for The Unusual Suspects

The Unusual Suspects: 03/10/14

cover artThe Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley is the second in the Sisters Grimm series. Sabrina's teacher, Mr. Grumpner is found dead in a spider's web. She and her sister and grandmother have to figure out who is behind his death.

The only clues the Grimms have are some red hand prints left at various crime scenes. Mayor Charming is desperate to have the case solved.

Mixed into the regular mystery is the on-going one regarding the Grimm parents. It looks like the villagers know more than they're pretending. Further confusing things are Puck's annoying antics he's the Q of this series.

Where the book falters is its pacing. Like the second of the NERDS series, there is too much crammed in here. The story starts off slow, is bogged down by Sabrina's complaining, and later by disagreements between sisters. When it's time to wrap things up, we're given a cliffhanger instead.

Three stars

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