Saturday, December 31, 2016

Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly-ESSENTIAL

Tromly, Stephanie, Trouble Makes a Comeback. Pgs. 298. Penguin Random House, 2016. $17.99. Language: G, Mature Content: PG-13 (drugs, kidnapping, murder, some off-page sexual content), Violence: PG-13(drugs, kidnapping, murder, attempted murder)

Phillip Digby is back in town and is following a new lead he has on his sister. He wants Henry and Zoe to help him again. Zoe Webster, however, has become popular and is trying to balance Digby with her social life. As the trio do a little digging, they also discover that there is someone selling Steroids to the football team, including Zoe’s boyfriend, Austin. With two cases to solve, Zoe, Henry, and Digby are on the case. Will they find out what happened to Digby’s sister? Who is behind the steroid selling at school?

Humorous and engaging, the author pulls the readers right into Zoe’s world. The characters are delightfully well-developed and realistic.  The plot is complex and keeps the reader guessing what will happen next. The descriptions are detailed and make the imagination run wild. Like Veronica Mars (teenage sleuth) on overdrive, this is a must-have addition to any collection. Due to content, this is best suited for Grades  to 12. Although it will make more sense if readers read Trouble is a Friend of Mine, this book can be read separately as well.

MS, HS. ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.

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