Tarpley, Natasha Harlem Charade, 320 pages. Scholastic, 2017. $17. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some danger).
After Jin sees a girl from her school leave a free bus pass hidden at Jin’s family bodega, she forces her way into a friendship with the mysterious girl. The pair meet Elvin, who has just move to Harlem, New York, to live with his grandfather while he mother is starting cancer treatments. But his grandfather has been injured and Elvin is trying to avoid Family Services. All three become wrapped up in an old mystery that may affect the future of their neighborhood.
For kids who like Blue Balliet’s art mysteries, this is a good next offering. Jin and her friends are likable characters, Harlem makes a great supporting character, and the mystery is more than just art related.
EL, MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher