Jun 222016
Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis

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It’s only minutes into a new semester when Amanda Lester and her friends at Legatum Continuatum, the secret school for the descendants of famous Detective’s, are introduced to a new student and a new mystery.

The student, Scapulus Holmes, appears to be just as arrogant and self-involved as Amanda expected. Hopefully, she can get through this term without trusting another classmate out to hurt her.

The mystery is quite a mystery. There’s a missing student, the teachers are edgy and arguing, and to top it off the Moriarty matriarch appears to be getting her escape opportunity. Can Amanda and her friends figure out what’s going on and stop it before the school is destroyed – or worse!

Hott Review of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy:

What I liked: ​Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis is a twisting maze of mystery written to entice even the most reluctant of readers. It’s a tremendously fun adventure that Amanda and all of her friends join in on. It’s great how they work together and overcome their differences in order to make the best decisions and solve the mysteries​.
The overall plot is great but I really think that the underlying lessons in Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis will benefit many middle-graders in the years to come.
What I didn’t like: I really felt like ​Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis was long in places. It’s not terrible just longer than it needed to be.
I get it. Pre-teen crushes are typical. I just don’t think they needed to be quite so many. Plus, they’re twelve. The romance and crushes seemed to be a bit more emotionally involved than necessary.


Author: Paula Berinstein
Source: I purchased this item for FREE on June 3, 2016.
Publisher & Date: September 15th 2015 by The Writing Show
Genre: MiddleGrade Mystery
ISBN: 1942361017 (ISBN13: 9781942361015)
Pages: 424
Grade: B+
Ages: 12+
Steam: Nada
Setting: England
Series: Amanda Lester, Detective #2
Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy
Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy
Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis
Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis
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Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle
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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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