Sunday, January 12, 2014

Book Review of Maisy and the Missing Mice

Book Review of Maisy and the Missing Mice
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Title: Maisy and the Missing Mice

Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

Genre: Children’s Mystery

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.

Author Bio

Elizabeth Woodrum is a full time elementary teacher in Ohio. She began writing as early as 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, 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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Book Excerpts

It had all started earlier today at lunch.  Maisy and her best friend, Veronica, had been enjoying their pizza and talking about Veronica’s birthday party that was to take place tomorrow night at an Italian pizza restaurant.  They were excited that Veronica’s mom and stepdad were throwing her party at the Andiamo Pizzeria. It was the girls’ favorite restaurant in town, because it had a lot of fun stuff for kids to do.  It was a regular restaurant, but there were also a lot of games to play in the arcade. Plus, both girls tried to keep pizza as a steady part of their diets.
Maisy and Veronica had only been seated for a few minutes when the principal had come over the intercom with an announcement. Her voice was calm, but it was obvious she was annoyed. “Students, this is Principal Hollendar.  Our school mascots have been stolen from their home in the science lab.  If anyone has any information, please come to the office.  A student reported seeing a black boot disappearing around the corner in the hallway shortly before they were discovered to be missing.  That is our only clue at this time. A reward will be given to any student who helps find and return the mice.”
Veronica was furious.  She tossed her blonde hair over her shoulder and joined the other students in their shouts of anger. Maisy just closed her eyes at the mention of a clue.  She could feel her skin tingling with excitement. She loved mysteries and was excellent at solving them.  In fact, the other students knew of her talent and came to her whenever they had a problem.  They knew she would solve the case quickly and for a fair price.  But, Maisy didn’t work for money.  She worked for cherry lollipops.  They were the second most precious thing to her, the first being her little dog, Reesie.   
Maisy Sawyer was not like the average fourth grade students that attended West Valley Elementary. She had grown to love old black and white mystery movies, the kind that grandparents had watched when they were children back in the Stone Age. When she was on a case, her world seemed to fade to the black and white of one of those mystery movies.  Shades of gray colored everything.  She even imagined her bedroom at home to be her detective agency office.  Most of the time, it had walls painted in bright blue and almost everything else was purple, including Reesie’s dog bed.  But, when she was on a case, the room changed into something from an old movie.  The walls were cracked, the window’s blinds broken and stuck in one position, and it was cluttered with old boxes and furniture.  It was also shaded in gray, black, and white. The window showed a view of a city skyline, instead of the reality of a small neighborhood in a little Ohio town. The one constant between Maisy’s imaginary detective agency office and reality was her little typewriter.  Maisy didn’t have anything against computers, but she liked to type her case notes the old-fashioned way. Maisy couldn’t explain why everything changed to black and white when she was on a case.  She just knew that with her world in black and white, putting together clues to solve a mystery was much easier.


This is a cute book about a 4th grade detective.  This is a good book for elementary school readers.  It is a fun read about a girl detective, which is an unusual premise for early elementary school books.  It is fun to have an adventure book with a female heroine.

I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.

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