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Into the Lion's Den: The Devlin Quick Mysteries, Book 1

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Modern-day Nancy Drew solves brainy map-theft mystery.

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Crime novelist (and former prosecutor) Linda Fairstein makes the leap to mysteries for young readers with a smart, dogged female sleuth and a whodunit involving stolen library treasures. Into the Lion's Den introduces Devlin Quick, an updated Nancy Drew who can't let a good mystery go. There's a lot to love here, especially for kids who love books and history: Fairstein's page-turner showcases some of the treasures in the New York Public Library and revels in literary history.

Devlin is a great role model, but unfortunately she isn't very relatable. Not only is she exceptionally privileged -- from a wealthy family with powerful connections who send their kids to elite private schools -- but she doesn't sound or act like a believable 12-year-old much of the time. Her close friends provide some welcome, if slight, diversity, but one of the real pleasures here is the intimate, mutually admiring relationship between mother and daughter.

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