Webb, Holly The Case of the Stolen Sixpence 163 pgs. Houghton Mifflin , 2013. $5.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG Violence: PG
lives in old time England. She wants to be a detective but spends most of her
time cleaning the lodging house that her Gran runs. When she discovers a puppy
in a sack, near drowned by the river, she must figure out a way to keep it and
who tried to kill it. Maisie also wants to help out the butchers assistant, a
boy who was recently fired. Its not easy but Maisie makes some allies and
friends that help her along the way.
sounds charming, but there are a few reasons I wouldn’t add it my
library. First off, its too babyish/big font/short to be upper grade fiction,
so it’s a chapter book. That means 2-4 grade at my school. The book features
the plot of trying to discover who drowned the puppy, it mentions drowning like
50 times. I am not going to explain to a second grader how and why a puppy
might be drowned. She eventually confronts the adult criminal on her own. Second
there is some talk about their maid and her flirting and even Maisie is accused
of this and threatened with being sent off. Not going to explain that to a
second grader either. Vocabulary is quite challenging too, especially with the
old England setting.
–NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary
School Librarian & Author.