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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Avatar: The Last Airbender - North and South, Part Two by Gene Luen Yang
Bird & Squirrel On Fire by James Burks
Bird & Squirrel on the Edge! by James Burks
Captain Coconut and the Case of the Missing Bananas by Anushka Ravishankar and Priya Sundram
Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
Dreadnought by April Daniels
Edible Numbers by Jennifer Vogel Bass
Extraordinary by Miriam Spitzer Franklin
Extreme Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm
Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang by Victoria J. Coe
The 52-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Giant Days, Volume 1 by John Allison
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
The Maypop Kidnapping by C. M. Surrisi
New Cat by Yangsook Choi
Oh! by Kevin Henkes
Quiet! by Paul Bright
Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer by Sydney Padua
Toto Trouble: Back to Crass by Thierry Coppée
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Miscellaneous
The February 2017 Gap
Seven narrative ways to travel
Thanks for the Memoirs

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



The Maypop Kidnapping: 02/26/17

The Maypop Kidnapping by C. M. Surrisi

The Maypop Kidnapping by C. M. Surrisi is set in a small town in Maine. Quinnie has just sad goodbye to her best friend and is facing the reality that her BFF's house will be rented out to a new family and a new student. This is town is small enough that Quinnie and her BFF are usually the only students.

Ms Stillford, though, doesn't show for classes, even after giving Quinnie the lesson plans. Quinnie is convinced that something terrible has happened to her teacher. Her mother — who wears many hats in town including mayor and sheriff wants her to stay out of the investigation. Quinnie, though, can't help but look.

Maybe it's the setting — a small, fictitious coastal Maine town, but The Maypop Kidnapping has a similar structure to a Murder She Wrote episode, if it were Mrs. Fletcher who was missing and one of her students had to solve the mystery (she is canonically a teacher).

All the clues are there in the setting, the characters, and in the events that happen around Quinnie as she investigates. There is grumpy lobster fisherman; there are the dotty nuns; there are the rowdy punks from out of town; there is historic district that can't be changed or improved and is falling to pieces.

The Maypop Kidnapping is a very satisfying read. It keeps a good balance between being a whodunit and a thriller. It keeps you guessing and turning the pages, but does drop enough clues to help you sort out the solution if you're paying attention.

There's now a sequel, Vampires on the Run, coming out in March.

Five star

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