Sleepover at the Haunted Museum (21) (Mermaid Tales)
Shelly’s not so sure about spending the night in the museum with its dark spaces and creaking exhibits. But when the day arrives, everything goes swimmingly—that is, until strange, glowing lights start to appear. Could the People Museum be haunted? Or is something fishy going on?
There's a lot of girl drama that starts to surface in third grade, and Pearl's over the top offers of help, and the fact that insinuates herself into the party despite not really being invited will resonate with young readers. Her makeover attempts with fancy products are humorous, and add to some of the suspense later in the book.
I enjoyed the fact that there was some science in the book; Shelly's class covers bioluminescence, and it later plays a key partin the plot. There is a note at the back explaining more about it.
Beginning readers love series books and enjoy revisiting their favorite characters. This would be a good series for readers who like Osborne's Magic Tree House books, Malcolm's Jewel Princess series, or the work of Daisy Meadows.