Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Libby and the Parisian Puzzle by Jo Clarke

Libby and the Parisian Puzzle by Jo Clarke is an absolute delight. Full of spark and intuition, it celebrates the fact that kids can do anything – including outsmarting the adults who think they’re more clever. This fast-paced mystery overflowing with clues took me back to my love of Nancy Drew mysteries as a child. Libby and her new friend, Connie, are so observant and challenge the reader to keep up with them as they race around Paris finding evidence, identifying suspects and finally solving the puzzle.

Libby is used to an adventurous life. Having travelled all over with her mum, she’s a bit disappointed that she isn’t able to go with her this time. Mum is headed for Ecuador and Libby is going to Paris to attend her aunt’s boarding school. This is no ordinary school! Each term it moves to a different place giving students opportunities to learn about the culture of their new location. One of the most important aspects of this culture is the food! Libby samples so many delicious Parisian delights making readers more than a little bit hungry in the process. It would be a good idea to have some hot chocolate and pastries on hand when reading this book! French language is also sprinkled throughout giving it a really special flair.

This new twist on a boarding school story is refreshing. Warm and joyful, this is a happy adventure and Libby is a new friend right from the first page. I can’t wait to share this book with my mystery-loving daughter! I’m looking forward to Libby’s next adventure already!

Thank you to Firefly Press for this wonderful book!

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