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Booklist - 11/15/2015 *Starred Review* Newbery Honor author Larson’s (Hattie Big Sky, 2006) series starter is just the ticket for readers who crave adventure and mystery as much as 11-year-old Audacity Jones, an intrepid, well-read, positive-minded orphan. Left at Miss Maisie’s School for Wayward Girls, in Swayzee, Indiana, when she was 6, she is the guiding light for the other girls who live there. When Commodore Crutchfield appears and asks for a volunteer to accompany him on a secret mission, Audie’s ears buzz, tipping her off that something bad is going to happen. Nevertheless, she is unable to resist the opportunity for adventure and agrees to assist Crutchfield. Completely in the dark but gathering clues along the way, Audie realizes the secret mission has to do with President Taft and a kidnapping—and she’s part of the plan! The cast of characters is delightful and includes Audie’s best friends, Bimmy and triplets Lilac, Lavender, and Violet; Cypher, their secretive driver; beak-nosed Mrs. Finch; a clever cat; and the president’s son Charlie, and niece Dorothy (who really did go missing in 1910). Though the vocabulary may be challenging for younger readers, it is not insurmountable, and the story’s themes of trust, friendship, and good manners will resonate with many. Audacity’s charm and smarts make this historical adventure a winner. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 01/01/2016 Gr 4–6—Readers will delight in the spunk and resourcefulness of Audacity Jones. An orphan living at Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls, she employs her intelligence and natural leadership to compensate for Miss Maisie's negligence and inattention. One day, a patron, Commodore Crutchfield, comes by the home seeking an orphan to accompany him on a special trip. Audie gets a buzzing in her ear that compels her to volunteer for the adventure. As the trip gets underway, she has no idea where they are going and what their purpose is, but she sends postcards back to her friends at every stop. Eventually they arrive in Washington, DC, where she makes a new friend in Juice, a newspaper boy, who rescues her when Crutchfield leaves her stranded at Union Station. Juice and his friend and mentor, Daddy Dub, continue to keep an eye on Audie—and she needs their help when the Commodore and his friend Elva Finch cook up a nefarious plan involving the president of the United States. Audacity and her friends use their wits and courage to save the day. VERDICT Readers will cheer Audacity's ingenuity and bravery as they relish every moment of her adventures. Highly recommended.—Laura Fields Eason, Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School, Bowling Green, KY - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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