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P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows: P.K. Pinkerton, Book 3

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Autistic kid detective returns in wacky Wild West tale.

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Lawrence loves to bombard readers of this series with a madcap barrage of historic detail, bizarre plot developments, and slapstick, and this may be her most successful outing yet. P.K.'s resolute, deadpan delivery -- and attempts to find the truth in a deceptive world -- make the fast-moving plot even more fun, and history buffs will be in heaven at the lively incidental detail (such as the fact that solferino and magenta were the fashionable shades for ladies' dresses). Many peripheral characters, from P.K.'s partner Ping to new pal Barry, come into their own here.

Adult and kid readers will particularly love the pure clarity of P.K.'s insights. After many disguises, P.K. reflects, "I don't feel like a 'he' or a 'she,' I just feel like a 'me.' But boys have more freedom. And better clothes."

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