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|Mystery Of The Masked Medalist|
Author: Shibutani, Alex
A fun-filled, fast-paced mystery set at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Postponed from Spring 2020)
Kudo Kids, Book 1
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/20)
School Library Journal (04/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 Gr 3–6—Siblings Andy and Mika Kudo are thrilled to travel to Tokyo for the Olympics with their journalist parents. Their excitement over sightseeing and watching Olympic events is heightened by OlympiFan, an augmented reality game that they will play during their visit. The game encourages teamwork and fair play, with clues hidden all around Tokyo that players can find either by physically visiting sites, or by using the virtual reality mode from home. But not all of the players are interested in playing fair. One player's account is hacked and clues are stolen, and Mika gets some strange and slightly creepy private messages. Who is trying to cheat at the game? Is the same person sending Mika messages? And who is the Masked Medalist who created the game in the first place? This topical mystery has a solid plot and good pacing, and will appeal to those fascinated by Tokyo and the Olympics. Young readers will wish that they could both play OlympiFan and taste the delicious foods that the Kudo kids sample in Tokyo. This book incorporates modern technology believably, and though the kids have some freedom to explore their surroundings, they also have a realistic degree of parental supervision. VERDICT As interest in the Tokyo Olympics runs high, this title will do well, especially with mystery lovers.—Misti Tidman, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, OH - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 05/01/2020 Andy and Mika are traveling, along with their sports editor mom and food reviewer dad, to Tokyo for the Summer Olympics. Their excitement ramps up when they realize they’ll be able to play the Masked Medalist’s new app, OlympiFan, which encourages players to scour Japan both in VR and AR for clues and virtual medals that will reveal the creator’s true identity. Teams are vying for the chance to beta test the Medalist’s next games, and the competition heats up as accounts are hacked and players are accused of cheating. The Olympic medalist Shib sibs’ first book is a confused mash-up of genres—mystery, adventure, and sports—and readers expecting a solid mystery may be disappointed, as major clues presented to the characters are withheld from the readers, preventing kids from “playing along” to figure out who the Medalist is. Those more interested in the Olympic Games and apps like Pokémon Go! will find more to enjoy here. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.