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May 24 2011

Judy Moody, Girl detective by Megan McDonald

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Walker Books, 2011. ISBN 978 1 4002 27435.
(Ages 9+) Humour. Warmly recommended. Judy Moody passionately following the stories of Nancy Drew, finds herself developing the skills needed to be a detective, through finding things lost at home. But when the local policeman, Officer Kopp and his police dog arrive at school for a show and tell, Judy's imagination takes over. She is invited onto the stage to hide something for the dog, Mr Chipps to find and gives him a sound workout trying vainly to trick him.
And the very next day, when Mr Chipps goes missing, Judy sees it as a personal mission to find the dog and return it to Officer Kopp. She and the members of her club, Rodney, Frank and Stick decide on action. They go to Officer Kopp's house and offer their services and are asked to put up posters around the district. Judy and her crew investigate the scene of the crime and from there much mayhem and fun ensues and the quartet go about their business. All good fun, a light read with easily identifiable characters, this will be a popular choice amongst middle primary readers, especially those already entranced with Judy Moody.
Fran Knight

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