Illustrated by Marion Lindsay
Series: Maisie Hitchins #1
Publisher: HMH for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Grades: 4-7, Ages: 9-12
Source: HMH for Young Readers for Review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinion or review of the book.
When George, the butcher's boy, is fired for stealing coins from the till, Maisie knows in her heart he is innocent. With her little dog Eddie as the Watson to her Sherlock Holmes, Maisie uses her budding detective skills to solve the mystery of the stolen sixpence, vindicate her old friend, and even help a new friend in need. The first book in a series!
I love Holly Webb, I find her Rose series adorable and when I saw she was the author of this series I couldn't help but squeal a bit and say 'Want!' The Case of the Stolen Sixpence is the first book in the Maisie Hutchins series for Middle Grade readers; it is geared toward ages 9-12 but reads closer to the 9-10 range I think. The story is cute and even a little sad at some points but very fun to follow.
In book 1 we meet Maisie and her companion a dog named Eddie as they embark on their very first mystery, stolen money. Maisie is imaginative, creative, and a lot of fun to follow through this tale and Eddie is delightful and funny. The mystery itself took a good amount of build up, so a lot of the solving part and clues were at the very end. The stolen sixpence was a great way for Maisie to start her detecting and help a friend save his job.
I found this book to be a lot of fun and would definitely recommend to young readers who like mysteries.
Many Thanks to HMH for Young Readers for this Book.