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. Volume XVII Number 11. . . .November 12, 2010
The excerpt above is the opening scene which launches Tuesday and MaryAnn on their series of adventures which set them on the trail of the missing money. The plot moves along at a good pace which will keep readers turning pages. There is the odd plot move which seems unlikely, for example: Tuesday's highly protective mother (she insists Tuesday carry a walkie-talkie with her whenever she is away from the house) allows her to have her birthday party at the roller rink without her mother in attendance. This scene sets up the scenario which takes Tuesday and MaryAnn into the greatest danger. This situation ultimately leads to the recovery of the money, and the guilty party is revealed. The notion of a class travelling to, paying for accommodation and tickets to Cirque de Soleil on an $800.00 budget (having just purchased tickets for my own family to attend) also requires a bit of a stretch of the imagination. But, for the intended audience, these plot moves will likely not detract from the fast paced action.
Ruth McMahon is a professional children's librarian working in a middle school, the co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Book Award and the mother of two children.
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