Into the Lion's Den

6 CDs. 6:34 hrs. Listening Library. Nov. 2016. $40. ISBN 9781524708269. digital download.
Gr 3–7—A map thief is on the loose, and 12-year-old Devlin Quick is on the case. When Dev's friend Liza witnesses a man cutting a page from a valuable library atlas, the girls are determined to track him down and bring him to justice. But with no adult witnesses, cracking the case proves to be more difficult than they thought. Luckily, Dev's mother is New York City's police commissioner, so crime fighting is in Dev's blood. Dev also has access to the latest police technologies, so listeners will get a sense of some of the ins and outs of real-life detective work. Since the tale is set in New York, listeners will also learn about some of the Big Apple's most famous landmarks and libraries. Narrator Kathleen McInerney's fast-paced storytelling is a perfect match for this novel's short chapters and action-packed scenes, meaning listeners will be engaged from the start. Her expressive narration is top-notch, thanks to the subtle differences she uses to voice each character.
VERDICT A strong addition to medium and large audio collections. ["A well-crafted and satisfying first volume in a new series. Ideal for bibliophiles and mystery fans alike": SLJ 10/16 review of the Dial book.]

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