About the Book
|The Maisy Files|
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.
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You might think this is an unusual photo for a book review, but there's a good reason why I have used it here. I've been reading Maisy and the Missing Mice to Amanda (who just turned 6 years old a couple of weeks ago). She is really enjoying the story, but sometimes she gets a bit fidgety. The last time I read to her, I decided to let her put her energy to use. I asked her to organize her activity drawer while I read to her. It worked out very well. I even asked her a question from the story just to check if she was following along and, sure enough, she was. I took this photo to show my readers.
Maisy and the Missing Mice is a fun story for kids who like mysteries. It's written in a lighter tone, so it won't give your child bad dreams. Even still, Amanda gets quite wound up, which is a sign that the story has enough suspense to keep one's attention. Some bits seem a bit over her head, but that's because she is at the youngest end of the recommended age group. The main character, Maisy, is a fourth grader. The author, Elizabeth Woodrum, also includes big words. I like that she isn't dumbing down the story and that there is a stretch for the kids to reach a little higher.
Elizabeth brings intelligence and humor to this fun story. I highly recommend Maisy and the Missing Mice to kids ages 6 to 11.
"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 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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