Title: The Dead Kid Detective Agency
Author: Evan Munday
Publisher: Ecw Press
Published: September 2011
Genre: Young Reader Mystery
Series or Stand Alone: Series
Synopsis can be found here.
October Schwartz, new girl in town spends her free time in the local cemetery right outside her house. Of course, she befriends the local ghosts and they ban together to form the Dead Kid Detective Agency, ready to solve their town’s mysteries. And that’s where the fun begins.
I haven’t read a younger children’s book in a while. I stick to mostly YA and above, but the synopsis definitely caught my eye. The book is filled with beautiful illustrations done by the author, giving the reader a real feel of the book and its characters. I liked the drawings of October; she is exactly how I pictured her to be and October herself is easy to like. She’s a smart underdog who I was rooting for from the beginning. I would be friends with that “Zombie Tramp” any day!
I loved the array of diverse characters. And the narrative was very funny at times, like a casual conversation between friends.
But there were some things I couldn’t get past. Through the book, the narration changes from First Person to Third. This brought me out of the story and I felt jarred after the first couple of times. Yes, I get that there’s a reason for this. But until you get to that reason, it was more a distraction.
Also, I felt that it took a while to get to the real hook of the story. There was a lot of wading around in the beginning chapters and the book felt like it could have been a lot tighter and sharper.
Overall, I think kids will enjoy this story. But the older high school crowds might find it a bit hard to get into. This looks like the first book in a new series.
Rating 5 Ok