The Tiara on the Terrace

(Young and Yang: Bk. 2). 8 CDs. 9:19 hrs. HarperAudio. 2016. $24.99. ISBN 9780062447067. digital download.
Gr 4–6—The annual Luna Vista Winter Sun Festival is right around the corner, and Grace Yang and Sophie Young are thrilled to be working as pages. Helping to set up the floats and accessorizing the Festival Royal Court provide the girls with plenty of freedom, and when Mr. Steptoe, the festival president, is found murdered, they decide to get to the bottom of the crime. There are a host of interesting sidekicks and festival-queen wannabes adding high jinks and drama, as well as another murder to complicate the situation. Sophie and Grace face many ups and downs in this case, including issues of what it means to be a loyal friend. Their theories on the murderer are constantly tested, but these seventh graders never quit. While the plot walks the line of silly and saccharine, it will delight middle grade readers with its spirit of fun and friendship. Amanda Philipson's narration is upbeat and at times hilarious, though the wide range of voices, while amusing, may also prove distracting.
VERDICT This lightweight mystery is a nice addition to any collection, especially for those where the first in the series is popular. ["This volume will be enjoyed by middle graders who enjoy detailed mysteries, especially those who appreciated the first of the series": SLJ 12/15 review of the HarperCollins book.]

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