|Secret letters (Mysteries of Trash and Treasure)|
Author: Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Colin and Nevaeh, whose parents own rival junk-removal businesses, uncover mysteries hidden in attics and basements and discover how trash can become treasure. The two of them encounter vintage letters that lead to interlocking mysteries from the 1970s and '80s.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 516471
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/22)
School Library Journal (+) (07/01/22)
The Hornbook (00/01/23)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2022 Gr 4–6—Two sets of friends, separated by 50 years, are the heart of an engrossing historical fiction and mystery tale. In modern-day Groveview, OH, Colin and Neveah discover shoe boxes of letters written by Toby and Rosemary who lived there in the 1970s. The letters reveal details of Toby and Rosemary's close friendship which came to a dramatic and mysterious end. Intrigued, Colin and Neveah begin a search for clues to find out what happened to the old friends—and possibly reunite them. Their search uncovers long-buried family secrets and the surprising ways people's lives are connected. Readers will be invested in Colin and Neveah's burgeoning friendship as they grow to understand and support each other despite a big obstacle: their parents operate rival junk-removal businesses in the same town. Even worse, Neveah's dad suspects Colin's mom in the puzzling disappearance of valuable antiques he had hoped to sell. The solution to that second mystery seamlessly integrates the history of the modern women's rights movement into the character-driven narrative. It also brings the novel to a satisfying end and sets up Colin and Neveah's future as detectives. Master storyteller Haddix is in top form, weaving a complex tapestry of different genres, time lines, and generations of characters in a can't-put-it-down novel. VERDICT A winning start to a new series and a first purchase for all middle grade collections.—Marybeth Kozikowski - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.