by Eleanor Estes
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Personal Evaluation: This may not be what is traditionally meant by the category “mystery” but I thought of the main characters as trying to solve a dognapping mystery and think it fits just fine. Any story where the siblings get along perfectly now strikes me as unrealistic, but Jerry and Rachel are both so likeable and their dog Ginger so sweet and smart that I kind of didn’t care.
What might interest children: Jerry and Rachel’s relationship might seem attractive to kids (especially only children who might romanticize siblinghood anyway), and the way they work together to solve the mystery of their missing dog in their turn-of-the-century small town is endearing. The nicely wrapped up ending is very satisfying.