The Wig in the Window

The Wig in the Window

In this funny and clever middle grade mystery reminiscent of Rear Window and perfect for fans of the Mysterious Benedict Society series, Sophie Young and Grace Yang are best friends, seventh graders, and spies.Sophie and Grace have made a game out of spying on their neighbors. On one of their midnight stakeouts, they witness a terrifying scene at the home of their bizarre middle-school counselor Dr. Charlotte Agford (also known as Dr. Awkward).At least, they think they do. When the girls are pro

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  1. McCormick
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic Mystery!, June 18, 2013
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    This review is from: The Wig in the Window (Hardcover)
    A fantastic book with beautiful writing and incredibly fun plotting – the kind of book I love as an adult, but would have killed for as a kid. Sophie and Grace are the very spirit of adventure. They are fun and brave, and smart, though not without some very human foibles. Trista is a revelation. Just a fantastic character. The book is incredibly fun, but it’s not fluff. There are some really interesting things going on at a deeper level in this book. Kittscher really taps into what it is to be a kid and to have adults dismiss your problems simply because of your age. In a sense the book is a meditation on that moment in life when a person decides to take herself seriously, to decide for herself that her problems are real, that her concerns are important, and that if no one else will give her agency, that she will take it for herself. But while it does have a certain and essential gravitas, it manages to maintain a terrific momentum, pulling the reader ever forward with great twists and delightful puzzles. It was really such a treat to read. Highly recommended!

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  2. Jennifer Reese
    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect blend of humor, adventure, mystery, and message, June 18, 2013
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    Jennifer Reese (Los Angeles, CA) –

    This review is from: The Wig in the Window (Hardcover)
    This books is fantastic. I was expecting something light-hearted and funny, a whimsical adventure about two young female sleuths who get in over their heads… what I got was all of that, plus so much more.

    There is *depth* to this book. Not hit-you-on-the-head-with-Big-Issues kind of depth (although I like those books, too), but subtle depth in every character and situation. Stereotypes are routinely addressed and smashed, and readers will be introduced to the idea of cultural appropriation, perhaps for the first time. Perception is a big theme, and we’re constantly re-assessing what we know about the characters and story based on changing information — something most of us in the real world don’t do nearly enough. This theme is so perfectly suited for a mystery plot, where new information is routinely uncovered, making the plot a natural vehicle for self-reflection and growth.

    But there are great fight scenes, too, and a ton of unexpected plot twists and reversals. The stakes escalate quickly and ramp up to a thrilling end sequence. Sophie, our main hero, begins the book as a bit of a follower, always taking the lead from her best friend Grace. But their friendship becomes more complicated when Sophie meets a new friend, the amazing Trista, and begins to eventually develop a strength all her own.

    This is an empowering, enlightening book in so many ways — but it’s also just plain FUN and laugh-out-loud funny, too. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I’ll be putting this on my shelf next to Ellen Raskin’s THE WESTING GAME.

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