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Review | Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy

Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy

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Twelve-year-old Amanda Lester wouldn’t be caught dead going into the family business. Just because she’s related to Inspector G. Lestrade, that bumbler who sometimes worked with master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, doesn’t mean she should become a detective and give up her dream of becoming a filmmaker.

Unfortunately, her plans are in jeopardy. Her latest project with the Stick Dog Filmmakers Club and Production Company isn’t coming together, and her control freak tendencies have driven away all her actors. If she doesn’t make a winning film soon, her parents will insist that she go into the L.A.P.D. young cadets training program, and her budding career will be over.

So when Herb and Lila Lester suddenly send her to a secret English school for the descendants of famous detectives, Amanda resists – until she and her new friends notice drops of blood and weird pink substances in odd places. Are these strange happenings clues to a real mystery or simply part of the elaborate class project the teachers assign every year?

The answer comes all too soon. When Amanda’s father disappears and the school’s cook is found dead with her head in a bag of sugar, the kids are certain that crimes are taking place. Now Amanda must embrace her destiny and uncover the truth. The only snag is that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty, a descendant of Holmes’s nemesis Professor James Moriarty, might be involved, and he doesn’t like nosy little girls interfering in his business.

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Hott Review of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy:

What I liked: I LOVED Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy! It’s a great mystery with a lot of great reinforcements most middle-graders need.
I wavered back and forth as to whether I really liked Amanda, but had to remind myself that she’s a tween. I think, because I was enjoying the book so much, I kept expecting a different maturity. Amanda is a perfect example of a tween and doesn’t need to change.
I’ll definitely be reading more books in this series!

What I didn’t like: Honestly, the thing I most disliked about the book is the published synopsis. It gives away too much that we’re waiting to find out while reading.
The other thing is that the book talks about Amanda being a bit overweight and subsequently losing weight (in a healthy way) but the cover shows a skinny tween. It just didn’t fit.
Parent Note: With the exception of 2-3 sentences I feel that Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy is appropriate for all audiences. Those few though will have some parents, like me waiting to share this with their middle-graders.


Author: Paula Berinstein
Source: I borrowed this book for free with my Kindle Unlimited subscription.
Publisher & Date: May 22nd 2015 by The Writing Show
Genre: MiddleGrade Mystery
ISBN: 0986030481 (ISBN13: 9780986030482)
Pages: 368
Grade: A
Ages: 10+
Steam: Nada
Setting: England
Series: Amanda Lester, Detective #1
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Author Bio:

From amandalester.net
From amandalester.net
Paula Berinstein (Paula B) is the author of the Amanda Lester, Detective middle-grade/YA series, which features a descendant of the Sherlock Holmes character Inspector Lestrade and is set in the English Lake District.

From 2005 to 2012, Paula produced and hosted the popular podcast The Writing Show. She holds degrees in English literature and librarianship from UCLA.

Websites & Links: Paula Berinstein's website Paula Berinstein's twitter Paula Berinstein's facebook


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