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Finding Mighty
Contributor(s): Chari, Sheela
ISBN: 1419722964     ISBN-13: 9781419722967
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
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Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2017
Annotation: Neighbors Myla and Peter join forces to find Peter's runaway brother, Randall, and stumble onto the path of a gang with a history of theft and kidnapping, and with ties to the boys' grandmother, who died under suspicious circumstances.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mystery and detective stories.
Family life; New York (State); Fiction.
Graffiti; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016042022
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 0.75" (1.00 lbs) 316 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 April)

Gr 4–7—Told in alternating chapters by the three main characters, this novel contains all the right elements for an intriguing adventure: a long-ago theft, a suspicious death, a lost cache of uncut diamonds, menacing gang members, and a shrouded family history. Twelve-year-olds Myla and Peter, through a set of coincidences (or are they?), end up working together to solve a mystery. Peter and his mother have recently moved to Dobbs Ferry, NY, from Yonkers, NY, and are next-door neighbors to Myla Rajan and her family. Just before the move, Peter's 16-year-old brother Randall disappeared, leaving a note saying "Don't find me." Nevertheless, Peter is determined to do just that. Randall, following in their deceased father's footsteps, is a graffiti artist as well as a practitioner of parkour. The pace of the book picks up significantly midway when Randall, on a personal and dangerous mission, is given voice in his own chapters. The relationships, especially the sibling ones, are believable, and it is refreshing to see parents depicted as attentive and intelligent. When all paths converge, it is a heart-pounding race to see who will untangle the mystery first. And at what cost. VERDICT The plot is solid and the familial bonds strong. Exploring urban graffiti as a legitimate art form is a great discussion topic. Recommended for mystery fans and for most medium to large collections.—Sara-Jo Lupo Sites, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY

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