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 Case of the curious scouts (Secret spy society)
 Author: Mang, Veronica

 Publisher:  Viking (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 96 p., col. ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 599709 ISBN: 9780593204382
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Mystery fiction
 Dressmaking -- Fiction
 Theft -- Fiction

Price: $19.78

After officially naming themselves the Petite Private Eyes, Peggy, Rita, and Dot are ready to take on a new assignment from the Lady Spies. The Fashion Twins, two local seamstresses, have had couture dresses stolen from their shop and the girls will need to go undercover to find the culprit. But little do the girls know there is a larger mystery afoot.

   School Library Journal (03/01/22)

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School Library Journal - 03/01/2022 Gr 2–5—Mang's second foray into the world of the Secret Spy Society is a bustling caper with delightfully neon illustrations. Like many young literary detectives, the spunky junior members of the Secret Spy Society have lots on their plates—spy chores, club meetings, the care of an energetic pet cheetah. As the story begins, a new case has sauntered up to their doorstep. The best designs of the fabulous Fashion Twins have been purloined, and the evidence leads our heroines to a veritable workhouse full of uniformed, unhappy Scouts. But why have these kids stolen the styles? Though the solution is no great shock, the delight of the story lies in the process of unraveling the mystery, filled with silly jokes and grandiose prose. Unfortunately, the backstory of the Society is largely absent from this second entry, and the identity of their Lady Spy mentors is awkwardly integrated into the plot, requiring a tone-breaking footnote at the end of the book. Being mentored by female spies from history is an excellent premise, and it feels like a missed opportunity to not bring it fully into the story's spotlight. Private Eyes Peggy and Dot are illustrated as white, Rita is illustrated as Black, and the Lady Spies and other characters come from a diversity of racial and national backgrounds. VERDICT A light mystery with a fun and funny tone, bright illustrations, and a somewhat fuzzy backstory, this series sequel is a sweet snack for young mystery lovers.—Emilia Packard - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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