The Peacock Detectives

The Peacock Detectives
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January 14, 2020
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The last time William Shakespeare and Virginia went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called her 'Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective'. So this time she knows what to do - she'll look for clues and track them down. But the clues lead her in an unexpected direction and Cassie finds herself investigating a confusing mystery about her family. The Peacock Detectives is a warm and engaging story for middle-grade readers about dealing with change and finding out who you are.

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approachable voice tackling big issues
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THE PEACOCK DETECTIVES is a story told by a young narrator, who is in Grade 6 but reads at a Grade 7 level. Her father is an English and English literature teacher, and Cassie has picked up tips from him about writing that she is employing to write about her life- with the focus about how she will track down the peacock and peahen from across the road that have gone missing.

In the process, Cassie begins to notice things about her own family that warrant further investigation and spark a discussion of much bigger issues that can be helpful for young readers to view through a voice not unlike their own. This book has a very young narrator that will appeal to middle grade readers, particularly those who read above their level.

What I loved: Cassie speaks at an easy-to-understand level and explains concepts and words in a very approachable way for the young audience. This reminds me of Beverly Cleary's books and style. Cassie has great appeal for the young crowd with her subtly poetic approach, lists, dialogue, and simple explanations- all while tackling some big topics.

This book would be better for younger middle grade readers vs. those at the top of the age category, as this book may be a little too simple in flow and slow to start. However, for those who are able to "get" Cassie, this is a highly rewarding read.

Final verdict: Approachable, genuine, and well-intentioned, Cassie's story has appeal for young readers, who may not be chasing peacocks but who may be dealing with similar life shifts.
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