I recently won a collection of 6 children’s books by Ms. Asselin. This review is for The Case of the New Kid on the Block which is the prequel for The Alex Mysteries series of books by this author. The following is my honest opinion.
Being a child of the 1950’s this series of books reminds me of the Nancy Drew Mysteries written for girls and The Hardy Boys written for boys, buy for much younger audience.
In this prequel we learn Alexis, or Lexi as she’s known to her friends, all of sudden discovers a note saying “LOSER” taped to her locker, but who did it? The only suspect is the new kid in school, Alexander. But why would he single out her? We know one thing. Since this the prequel for a series, we know these two Alexes will eventually join forces to solve mysteries together.
In this story we follow Lexi as she becomes a very young Sherlock Holmes to deduce who the note culprit is and what she does to find out. The writing is one which grabs its young reader’s interest and attention to read the entire book in one sitting. Could it be Alexander is too shy to approach Lexi to become his friend so he decides on using this ploy. We all know how awkward it can be for boys and girls to interact at this age, and this book attempts to teach them how they can work together and become friends.
For entertaining and teaching its young readers about the above, I’m giving this prequel volume 5 STARS.