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How Can I Be a Detective If I Have to Baby-Sit?

by Linda Bailey

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published: Jan 1993
ISBN:9781550741728
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

Stevie Diamond. Age 12. Female. Private Detective. She and her partner, Jesse, have already cracked their first case. Now the pair is visiting Stevie's father at his tree-planting camp in the Rocky Mountains -- but how can they have a fabulous wilderness holiday when six-year-old Alexander, armed with a loaded squirt-gun, is trailing along? In this Stevie Diamond Mystery, when an international smuggler starts snooping around Alexander's house, baby-sitting suddenly becomes an occupation worthy of the Diamond and Kulniki Detective Agency.

About the Author
Linda Bailey is an award-winning author of many books for children, including Goodnight Sweet Pig, Stanley's Party, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, and the Good Times Travel Agency series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 11
Grade:
3 to 6
Awards
  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime, Crime Writers of Canada
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Notable Canadian Fiction for Children, Canadian Library Association
  • Short-listed, Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award
Editorial Reviews

Middle-school mystery fans will enjoy Bailey's entertaining story: clues are nicely place, the plot unfolds at a brisk pace, and Stevie is an engaging heroine who botches things up believably.

— Booklist

[T]he nimble plot development and integration of the unique setting into the story line make this Canadian import, the second “Stevie Diamond Mystery,” a cut above most detective series for this age group.

— School Library Journal

Pre-teen sleuths Stevie and Jesse test their detection skills once again in this fast-paced mystery. When a resolution is reached, it is satisfying and unforced. The real highlight, however, is the characterization. Stevie is realistic and appealing as the spunky, independent heroine. Easy-going Jesse makes a good foil.

— CM Magazine

As a mystery story, Bailey's is well crafted. She amply establishes a group of plausible suspects and provides Stevie's reading of the situation; the child reader will fall into the same traps as she does. By showing how Stevie thinks, the child reader is also invited to participate.

— Quill & Quire

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