Friday, May 26, 2017

Fantaskey Beth. ISABEL FEENEY

Fantaskey Beth. 
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
The time: 1926. The Location: Chicago. 10 year old Isabel Feeney is a newsgirl selling copies of the Tribune on the streets of Chicago--an unusual pursuit for a young girl during this era in a time of gangsters, corruption and guns. As she hits the streets everyday trying to make a meager living for herself and her family, Isabel dreams of becoming a journalist. Her idol is the famous crime reporter Maude Collier. Isabel wants to write for the Tribune, not just sell it. Isabel gets her chance to do some sleuthing as one of her customers, Miss Giddings, becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her gangster boyfriend. Isabel arrived on the scene just after the gun went off. Convinced of Miss Giddings innocence, Isabel sets out to prove it. Starting her own investigation, she tracks down clues and teams up with her idol reporter, Maude Collins. As Isabel starts to unravel the-who done it mystery, she becomes the target of someone who wants to silence her. Will Isabel be able to prove that Miss Giddings is innocent? Will her dream of becoming a crime reporter become reality? Is Maude Collins really an ally? Will Isabel be silenced? Discover the answers to these questions and more in Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter.  
(New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018) 

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