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Children's Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories

West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Berry Burglars

by (author) Liam O'Donnell

illustrated by Aurélie Grand

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2018
Mysteries & Detective Stories, Special Needs, School & Education
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2018
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: k to 5


Myron, the third-grade detective who loves logic, facts, and solving mysteries, gets the chance to crack a third case when he finds out the school garden has been trampled and the strawberry plants are missing. Are raccoons to blame? Or did the baseball team sabotage the garden to take back their outfield? When neighborhood gardens are also found short of strawberries, Myron and his friends are on the case.
Myron’s unique perspective from the autism spectrum and his eye for detail make him a top-notch sleuth. Similarly, the other neurodiverse kids in his resource room have unique talents that come in handy. Tech-lover Glitch’s satellite image–plotting skills, artsy Jordan’s mould-making abilities, and super-social Hajrah’s interview tactics come together to track down the culprits. Black-and-white spot illustrations accompany the text in the final West Meadows Detectives mystery, a fun and accessible page-turner for independent readers.

About the authors

Liam O'Donnell's profile page

AURÉLIE GRAND graduated from Capilano University in British Columbia in 2009, and since then has been living an illustrator's life like a Jacques Demy movie: musical, colorful and dramatic. She likes to draw goofy animals, a wide range of facial and body expressions (some that don't even exist), and illustrate wordplays. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Aurélie Grand's profile page


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Editorial Reviews

“This series is the perfect start for beginning readers to delve into fun mysteries...the surprisingly emotional resolution to the mystery is not obvious, nor contrived, and is sure to please readers.”

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"An engaging mystery that cleverly celebrates the quirkiness of not being neurotypical."

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