Georges (French pronounciation) meets homeschooled Safer at his new Brooklyn apartment. As the two investigate another tenant, Georges ultimately examines the truths, secrets, lies, and imagination that can either create or destroy a relationship. Jesse Bernstein’s narration effectively conveys Georges’ range of emotions, and like the entertaining text, keeps readers wondering until Georges’ final decision. (7-10)
The omniscient narrator clues us in to what will happen as well as reminding us of other publications that could give us additional background as he tells the story of a poor boy who triumphs over the hard heartedness of his ultimate superiors (the lady and son of the manor) as well as some of his fellow servants. There is wry humor that adds a level of sophistication to the story.
When their cousin, Salim, vanishes—seemingly into thin air—while riding on the London Eye, Ted and his older sister Kat investigate, methodically eliminating theories generated by 12-year-old Ted's "big brain" and its unique operating system.
Marvin is an artist first and a beetle second. Will James' parents discover who actually drew the beautiful pictures they credit to James? This challenging, quick-paced mystery features a museum heist, a double-crossing art curator, and a little bit of history.