FICTION

Gargoyles Gone AWOL

illus. by Sarah Horne. 208p. (A Sesame Seade Mystery: Bk. 2). Holiday House. May 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780823432059; ebk. $16.95. ISBN 9780823433742.
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Gr 4–6—When the gargoyles of Cambridge University go missing, roller-skating sleuth Sesame Seade is on the case, investigating clues and tracking down leads. Horne's charming black-and-white spot illustrations add a sense of whimsy, breaking up the text, while Beauvais's Briticisms add further to the fun. Daring and indomitable, Sesame is a delightful heroine whose snarky asides and dialogue will leave readers in stitches. Mystery and humor fans are in luck.
Precocious youngster Sesame Seade tackles the mystery of Cambridge University's missing gargoyles. Aided by a pair of purple roller skates and classmates Gemma and Toby, Sesame tracks down leads that bring her uncomfortably close to home. With an exciting plot and a perfectly droll first-person voice, this second installment avoids the buffoonery often found in humorous middle-grade novels. Spot art highlights the action.

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