Author: Lisa Orchard
Release date: July 26, 2012
Published by: Astraea Press
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sarah and Lacy are spending the school year with their aunt and uncle because their parents have disappeared. No one knows what happened to them. Not only are their parents missing, but at the start of the school year a bomb goes off at the school and their Uncle Walt is inside.
Now Sarah and her Super Spies team are on the move again. They successfully solved the Cat Lady killer mystery this past summer, so nothing will stop them from finding out what happened at the school, which caused serious injury to their uncle.
The FBI is throwing around the word terrorist, and the first thing the Super Spies see at the school sight is a fishy guy in a fireman’s coat running away from the scene. With this clue in hand Sarah and the Super Spies rev-up for their next mystery adventure.
My Thoughts: This story starts out with a bang—literally!! I was a little worried at first about the implausibility of a huge bomb going off at a small Michigan high school (and the possibility of a terrorist), but after the first 50 pages Sarah grabbed me again, and I stopped worrying about the big idea and just let Sarah and the Super Spies lead me on an adventure. (And in the end it all worked out :) Orchard’s pacing of this mystery adventure is delightful, which is perfect because that is what will keep middle school readers reading!
I enjoyed the relationships between Sarah and her BFF Jackie and Sarah’s sister Lacy. It felt even more real and solid in this second book. The only thing that would occasionally take me out of the story is when the girls would use a phrase that would make me go, “Wait, when was this written? Early 90s?” With phrases like “cool beans,” and “Don’t have a cow” juxtaposed against a thoroughly modern plot element—a terrorist bombing—sometimes I felt out-of-time, if you will. I’m not sure, but I don’t really hear middle school girls using these phrases anymore. Don’t get me wrong, though. These phrases were used just a couple of times, so overall the dialogue is smooth and fits the plot and relationships!
And in the end, Lisa Orchard left me hanging with another mystery after the girls solve the crime (don’t doubt it:) Now, I need to know what happened to their parents!