Spencer, Octavia The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit (Randi Rhodes: Ninja Detective), 202 p. Simon, 2013. $8.
Randi Rhodes, 12, is not happy about being rooted up from her fabulous New York life and trucked off to podunk Deer Creek, Tennessee. She had a booming crime fighting business and is sure that Deer Creek has no mystery. Actually, Deer Creek does have some surprises – a couple of new friends, a wide variety of characters who inhabit the town, and a mystery that could spell the demise of Deer Creek if Randi can’t solve it. Someone has stolen the Founders’ treasure – right from under everyone’s noses during the great opening of the town’s time capsule. Someone is telling lots of lies, and Randi is determined to find the culprit.
Randi is way fun to have around.
The ninja part of the whole series is kind of out there, but the skills and the mindset actually come in handy. Not only is Octavia Spencer an excellent actress, she also has a talent for writing.
EL – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS