FICTION

The Story Seeker

Holt. (Story Collector: Bk. 2). Jan. 2020. 272p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250301093.
COPY ISBN
Gr 3-6–Picking up where the first volume left off, Viviani and her friends Merit and Eva find themselves with another mystery to solve. Viviani Fedeler and her family live in the New York Public Library, where someone is checking out rare medical texts and not returning them. Fueled with confidence because they’ve solved a mystery before, The Moppets (as they call themselves) set out to discover who has the missing volumes. Meanwhile, at school, the trio is working on a story about friendship for a New York Times contest. Viviani faces writer’s block and finds inspiration in a favorite children’s story, but has to face accusations of plagiarism. Glimpses into her inner dialogue are shown through her diary entries, many of which contain fun codes that readers will enjoy deciphering. An afterword informs readers that the mystery, its resolution, and all of the characters are part of the real and true history of the NYPL.
VERDICT Not quite as compelling as its predecessor, but young mystery/history fans will still enjoy this light and engaging glimpse into Viviani’s unusual childhood.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER?