2020-21 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award — Shortlisted
Five-year-old Pearl claims that a pirate stole the rare Blushing Diamond. But everyone’s a pirate on Halloween.
Dogwalker Stephen Noble has been recruited to walk his five-year-old reading buddy, Pearl Lebel, to and from school while her mother is away and her father is ill. He’s sure that this will be easier than walking canine clients Ping and Pong — until Pearl locks herself in the house, runs away from home, and loses her family’s rare pink diamond ring.
When Pearl claims that a pirate took the ring, Stephen and Renée are on the case. But the more they discover, the more it feels like everyone is a suspect. With Pearl annoying them every step of the way, will they be able to solve the mystery before the ring's scheduled appearance at the Brilliant Diamond Show?
Sylvia McNicoll is the author of over thirty novels. Bringing up Beauty, her guide dog story, won the Silver Birch Award, launching her to international success. Sylvia lives in Burlington, Ontario.
Fans of the previous books in The Great Mistake Mysteries series will be happy to reunite with dog walking detectives, Stephen and Renée, who are back in this fourth instalment (along with their favourite four-legged clients, Ping and Pong). Thanks to McNicoll’s narrative style, middle grade readers will identify with realistic dialogue and Stephen’s tendency to question everything and everyone around him... The real appeal of this novel is the humour and honesty of its likeable main character.