The Thea Sisters and some friends decide to start a school newspaper. But when Colette's diary goes missing and sports reporter Nicky witnesses a suspicious finish during the Iron Mouse Games, the five mice have to put their reporting skills to work solving both mysteries. Can the Thea Sisters come up with the answers and make their deadlines for the paper too?
School days are always more fun with good friends, especially when there is a project to keep you busy. At Mouseford Academy the Thea sisters are good friends, great students and of course budding journalists, and they seem to have a knack for solving mystery‚ ™s too! Their lives are taken up with making the newspaper the best it can be, as there is a rival paper that just might take the limelight. The girls are great role models for working together, and the benefits of good friends.
In this book there are two simultaneous mystery‚ ™s happening at the same time, one involving a little controversy in the Iron Mouse Games. "It was a tight race, but the photo finish showed Ratters as the winner. The crowd roared in disbelief..." The other ‚¶ our dear friend Colette who has her paw on the latest fashion has been a victim of theft! Colette‚ ™s diary, home to all her secrets has been taken‚¶ are these two mysteries connected? You need to read the story! There are coloured maps of the academy and Whale Island, to add more depth to the readers role in the story. This book is written in the style of all the Stilton books, vivid language that is punctuated by colour and style in the print. Drawing the reader further into the text, and as a learner making the rich descriptive language more prominent, and raising your reader‚ ™s language skills.
The story is full of twists and turns, it keeps young readers enthralled, and both my ‚ėyoung‚ ™ readers 13 and 10 read it cover to cover in one sitting! What I like about all the Stilton books is they have a familiar recipe (a mystery) but every book is unique in the setting, and full of twists and turns that are not predictable. I think these books are a must for getting youngsters hooked on reading. They provide such rich language that they are educational and fun at the same time. I like this book for girls who haven‚ ™t read any of the Stilton books before, it is girly and fun, while deeper than a lot of books aimed at female readers.
Anytime I notice any of these books I know I will want to read them as the series are proving to be a great short read and the kids are asking for more and more of the books, I read this book and was not disappointed as it lives up to a high standard, both for the content and storyline and the fantastic illustrations.
The story was fast paced but parts were a little predictable, glad that the truth was uncovered easily and not dragged out. It was rather easy to know who took the diary and why but the story showed how the clues were followed and the mystery solved. The characters are well written, from the good guys who work well together and always do the right thing to the bad group of mice who think they are entitled to things just because they want them and are spoilt by family so never had a good role model to start off with.
A few friends have young children that would love this series as the story is easy to follow and read and the different fonts might take a bit to get used to but the entire book engages the child, sometimes even before you open the book.
I would love to read the whole series as each book has a great storyline .
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