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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Alexis and the Sacramento Surprise - Erica Rodgers (Middle Reader/Christian)

Released March 2010

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

The next installment in the Camp Club Girls mystery series brings readers to Alexis's home in Sacramento, California. Her camp friend, Kate, comes to visit and the pair find themselves hired to investigate some weird occurrences at a local park that's not doing well.

The park's owner brought in some animated replica dinosaurs to bring in business, but some how the dinosaurs are moving around at night. The case seems easy enough, after all, how hard is it going to be to catch someone moving huge dinosaurs. The problem is there are never any shoe prints and cameras they set up catch nothing but the dinosaurs moving around. Could they be coming to life when the sun sets?

For an advancing reader, Alexis and the Sacramento Surprise is going to keep them hooked until the final page. I solved the mystery early on, but I'm pretty sure kids will be baffled unless they pay particularly close attention to the clues.

This is a Christian novel, but the references to religion are very subtle. I think any female reader between the ages of 8 to 12 will be delighted by the latest offering in this series. It's got a great blend of intriguing characters and a solid mystery that keeps you involved with the story.

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