About the Book
Summary: Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school’s mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.
My Thoughts: Meet Maisy. She’s a sassy, smart, lollipop-licking (only cherry, please), detective-in-the-making. Her latest case? The mascots of the school, some adorable little mice, have gone missing. And to add insult to injury, the thief also stole her stash of lollipops! It is up to Maisy to find the culprit, rescue the mice, recover her beloved lollipops, and figure out the reason why someone would abduct the pride of West Valley Elementary School.
I read this book aloud to both my kids (my 7 year-old son and my 10 year-old daughter) and we had a riot trying to piece together the clues to solve the mystery. The story brought me back to my Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys days, when I couldn’t resist a good mystery. To be clear though, this case was neither as complex nor as “heinous” as some of the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys mysteries. A more appropriate comparison would be to the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew mysteries for tweens.
We loved Maisy as the main character. We thought it was funny how her fee for services consisted of cherry lollipops ~ cherry, nothing else will do! The bigger the case, the more lollipops she gets. The author also did a great job of introducing and developing enough secondary characters so that the reader would have a few options for possible suspects. It really could have been more than one person who did it, until the villain was finally revealed. Very well done!
With respect to the plotline, I thought the author excelled at building the suspense, leaving clues, and creating false leads. My kids and I were constantly saying, “Aha! That’s a clue!” and we had many discussions trying to solve the mystery as the story unfolded. The denouement was very well done as well leaving us all feeling satisfied with the ending. I am notorious for stopping in the middle of a movie or reading aloud to point out plot holes, but I didn’t felt that way about Maisy and the Missing Mice. Everything really did come together in the end. It was a great little mystery with just enough tension for children.
Ok, I do have to raise one issue. We all know that I’m not so great at suspending disbelief (you know, like a typical adult) so I will say that I “reacted” when Maisy left the house in the evening, letting her parents think she was walking the dog, but actually going to meet a stranger at the school. Of course, I had to pause in my reading to ask my children, “You know you should never do that, right?” “We know MOM!!!” Yup, just checking… All of that being said, I agree that it was necessary for the story, so I’m willing to let it go!
My Bottom Line: Maisy and the Missing Mice is a fun chapter book featuring a smart and sassy tween girl as the title character; a solid and interesting plot featuring age-appropriate intrigue and suspense; and some terrific writing that carries the reader on a journey as a detective uncovering clues and solving the mystery of who stole the missing mice. I highly recommend this book as a read aloud book for children between the ages of 6 and 10 or for independent readers between the ages of 7 and 12 who love to read mysteries.
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“Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It’s a quick page turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box.” ~ The Children’s Book Review
“My name is Kat. I am 9 years old. I would rate this a five because I like everything about it, the mystery the most. It was fun to read. My favorite part was the mystery and the end. I love this book so much. I think other kids would love it too because it has mystery and most kids would like mystery books. Most mystery books have a good mystery. I would love to read the whole series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Heather A., Amazon
“I knew I would love this book simply because I knew it would remind me of the mystery books I read in my childhood. I really love how much trust the teachers and community as a whole put in Maisy. She is well deserving of their admiration as the way she finds clues and finds the mascot for the school is well thought out. This is a story any child would love to read. I hope Maisy continues to solve mysteries…” ~ 5 Star Review, Josh, Amazon
About the Author: Elizabeth Woodrum
Elizabeth Woodrum is an elementary teacher in Ohio. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published. The series currently has one book, Maisy and the Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to add more books to the series, and would also like to publish books for adults in the future.
As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.
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