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School Library Journal - 12/01/2015 Gr 4–6—Seventh-graders Sophie, Grace, and Trista are local heroes after tracking down a missing criminal in The Wig in the Window (HarperCollins, 2013). They are helping with the preparations for their town's Winter Sun Festival when the festival's president, Mr. Steptoe, is discovered to have been killed by a malfunctioning parade float. Suspecting foul play, the three friends decide that the best way to track down evidence about their suspects is to join the court of the Festival Queen. In between photo shoots and T-shirt decorating, the sleuths manage to sneak into the festival offices and parade float storage to find enough information to discover who was behind Mr. Steptoe's death. The tweens navigate several near misses and scrapes, including being locked in a cooler full of flowers without Trista's inhaler, and the story reaches its climax in a dramatic scene with a runaway float at the Winter Sun Festival Parade. Like the first book in the series, this action-packed mystery will have readers on the edge of their seats while at the same time reflecting on the ups and downs of friendship and the insecurities that come along with being a tween. VERDICT This volume will be enjoyed by middle graders who enjoy detailed mysteries, especially those who appreciated the first of the series.—Sarah Reid, Broome County Public Library, Binghamton, NY - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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