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Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective: The Sweetest Heist in History

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Action-packed sequel has more mystery and depth.

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In RANDI RHODES, NINJA DETECTIVE: THE SWEETEST HEIST IN HISTORY, author Octavia Spencer delivers. The diverse characters we came to love in the first Randi Rhodes book return, and readers get to learn more about them and understand what makes them tick. The mystery is ramped up as the kids head to New York City and find themselves entangled with Russian mobsters, yet there's less violence and perceived danger to the kids than in the first book.

Spencer certainly doesn't hold back in terms of mystery and character development. Numerous plot twists will keep readers on the edges of their seats and struggling to figure out the mystery. And there are several touching moments when Spencer's attention to detail brings just the right level of emotion and vulnerability to her characters -- which helps them become real people to readers. Spencer's second visit to Randi Rhodes' world is believable, fun, and a big improvement over the first.

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