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Publisher's Note:

Meet Randi Rhodes, the world’s first ninja detective! Mystery abounds in this delightful new middle grade series from Academy Award–winning actress Octavia Spencer. Deer Creek is a small town whose only hope for survival is the success of their Founder’s Day Festival. But the festival’s main attraction, a time capsule that many people believe hold the town’s treasure, has gone missing. Randi Rhodes and her best friend, D.C., are Bruce Lee–inspired ninjas and local detectives determined to solve the case. Even if it means investigating in a haunted cabin and facing mean old Angus McCarthy, prime suspect. They have three days to find the treasure…the future of their whole town is at stake! Will these kids be able to save the day?…

Overall Book Review:

Ninja Detective is just that–classic Nancy Drew sleuthing by a young lady with a black belt and bone fide martial arts skills.  The martial arts action is really a bonus because it is the detective work that takes the spotlight in the story.  Clue gathering, stakeouts, foot casting, and red herrings–all the elements of a good mystery are present, with an appendix full of instructions for middle grade students interested in acquiring their own detective skills.  Randi is a heroine with plenty of spunk and she teams up with a couple of new friends, D.C. and Pudge, to solve this mystery.  Just the right amount of suspense for young readers and a resolution that fits that demographic, this novel is the first in a series about Randi and her friends.  New true blue mysteries seem harder to come by these days, so mystery fans will be pleased with The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Report of an injury; report of a death in the past from cancer; report of death in the past-presumed accident; verbal threats; skeleton found, non-detailed; character has minor bike crash resulting in scrape, mention of blood; fight using martial art skills to incapacitate characters and render them unconscious; character kicks another.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of a parent, cancer, economic distress/financial hardship.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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About the Reviewer

An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!