Synopsis: Being at school is boring. It’s really boring when you already know what you’re going to be. It’s really, really boring when you’re going to be something cool like a Private Investigator. Until then, Mina’s going to practise for her future. By keeping notes on all her classmates, spying on suspicious teachers, noticing every little-
Aren’t school dinners a bit strange? Chicken nuggets? Again? On Pizza? Covered in chocolate? Nobody wants to live on lettuce and broccoli, but children are losing teeth over this! This needs investigating.
This looks like a case for Mina Mistry.
Release Date: 29th September 2020
Format Read: Paperback
Genres: Middle Grade, Humor, Mystery,
Thank you so much to Sweet Cherry Publishing for the book to read and review.
Review: This was such a whimsical, odd book, it was nothing like anything I’d read before it was created in such a fun unique way but it was such a fun way to have it created.
The book follows Mina, a young investigator who notices something really wrong with her school lunches and knows she must solve it for everyone, but do it secretly so no one else knows she’s doing it.
It was fun figuring out who was causing it and why, following Mina along her trails to figuring out all the smaller elements to the case so that she could solve it quickly.
I really did enjoy reading this book and found the whole story to be so whimsical and fun and I loved solving the mystery with Mina. I loved her connection with her grandma who she cooked with, the things she made actually sounded really odd but not all that bad. It was great to find she had one really good relationship in her life.
I did find one flaw in the story and that was between Mina and Holly as much as I tried to overlook it, it’s really hard too as they are pretty horrible to each other especially at the start. The things Mina says and writes about Holly aren’t nice and unfortunately don’t make it seem like they are friends at all, which is so disappointing. It would have added to the story if they at least seemed like friends, maybe Holly could have helped with the case. It’s a shame but i did still completely enjoy this story other than this one aspect.
This would be a perfect book for a child that is just getting comfortable with chapter books as the chapters are small, some pages have very little writing and the whole thing is written as a log book so you have pictures and bigger words written. It’s done in such a fun creative way that young children would be drawn to it and find it so fun to read.
Where to buy: Amazon, Wordery, Book Depository, Waterstones
About Author: Angie Lake is a freelance writer with a background in the Spanish music industry. Born in the UK and raised on the Spanish Costa Blanca, Angie travelled extensively. She studied Psychology in Barcelona and began her writing career in the Spanish national music press. Angie also writes novels and children’s fiction.
About Illustrator: Ellie, a coffee addict, an avid snowboarder and bad joke-teller. Completed her degree in Illustration in Plymouth and now living in Worcester with her (equally bad joke-telling) boyfriend. They both love lazy Sundays watching cartoons all day, Ellie’s biggest inspiration for drawing! She has always loved watching cartoons and when was around 8 she decided, “Hey, I want to draw like that!” So she picked up her pencil, and here we are. Ellie loves writing and illustrating children’s books. Starting with scribbles before drawing and colouring up in Illustrator and Photoshop. When she’s not doodling or drinking coffee, you will usually find her shopping for makeup, binge-watching cartoons or watching pug videos on Youtube.