Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 8
- Grade: 1 to 3
- Reading age: 6 to 8
Rookie detectives Lark and Connor Ba are back on the case! When a pair of diamond earrings goes missing from the neighborhood general store, Lark and Connor just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Carefully mining the adults for clues, the twin sleuths work together to solve the mystery.
Lark and the Diamond Caper is the second title in the Lark Ba Detective series, following Lark Holds the Key.
About the authors
Marcus Cutler is a freelance children's illustrator. His work has appeared in magazines, books, apps and more, and he has worked with a variety of clients, including chickaDEE Magazine, OWL Magazine, Macmillan Publishers and Parks Canada. Marcus lives in Tecumseh, Ontario.
"A lively read for young mystery enthusiasts."
School Library Journal
"Deen's heroine reflects an underrepresented reader group and is as successful as any other lead character in early chapter books…Diamond theft is a serious crime, but Lark and Connor are organized, perceptive, and thorough, undeterred by adults who dismiss them…Lark's sparkly presence on the chapter-book shelves will be welcomed by many."
"Engaging sequel to Lark Holds the Key…Lark's candid narration features crossed-out words she misspells, as well as other misunderstandings and malapropisms, that reflect her tricky relationship with language (she's dyslexic), and Cutler's digital illustrations bring the children's multicultural community to life."
"Lark's quirkiness is in good form here, and the target audience will find her quite humorous. In particular, Lark, who has dyslexia and explains it quite well, makes amusing vocabulary mistakes, and kids will be learning from them without even realizing it. There are illustrations scattered throughout the chapters that are very appealing, and that perfectly enhance the story with descriptive facial expressions on all of the characters. This offering in the Orca Echoes Series of beginning chapter books is one that most libraries should see gain the interest of younger grades."
"Lark and the Diamond Caper combines problem solving and social development issues into an appealing, funny mystery. Young readers will be waiting for the next title in the series. Highly Recommended."