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Chicagoland Detective Agency:
Megan Yamamaura wants to buy a tarantula, but not for the reasons you may think. (Okay, so I can't fathom a reason, but the one given is really good.) It's actually to have a soft fuzzy critter to have and hold (*shudders*) that won't make her Dad break out in hives (allergic to pet hair...not a pretty picture). In search of her new "fuzzy friend", she visits the local pet store. Unbeknownst to her, they don't sell actual pets, just pet supplies, a fact which RAF Herandez, the young man who happens to be working behind the counter when she visits, ever so rudely informs her of. (Guy seriously needs an attitude adjustment.) Leaving empty handed and in tears (bad RAF, bad!), the next morning brings more bad news. This summer, Megan will be attending school (the horror!).
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Okay, so Megan's are better, but that one was just off the top of my head so you can't fault me that much. They add to the story and show how she is feeling at each given point. She even perfects the art of text haiku's (as in via cell phone with text abbreviations)! Combine this skill with her resourcefulness and you're certainly in for some interesting times. Next we have RAF, her new though reluctant best friend, in fact her only friend at the time, and his secret program project. He's so focused on it you want to give him a quick slap back to reality, but it actually comes in handy later on...and is the source of a humorous pun that you definitely don't see coming. Add in the evil and dog hating (how can you hate dogs?!) Dr Vorschak, a talking dog which was a result of the evil doctor's experiments (though that detail goes unnoticed) plus the mystery of the school and TADA...a mystery with fun on the side is born. I have to say there was one character that only makes something akin to a cameo appearance at the end of the book but in that one frame has major impact and imparts a wonderful message. Raf's mother, who is against animal testing, is speaking to Raf about a certain newly acquired pet.....
"Nobody has the right to OWN another living creature. So you're not his owner, you're his GUARDIAN."
Who'd have thought I'd be quoting from a comic book? Hey...never say never and this one was certainly worth the quote.
This book celebrates its birthday TOMORROW (09/01/10) so be on the lookout for it in a bookstore near you (or click here for more information on pre-order options). For those of you planning on reading this little adventure, it is book one of a new series! The next book is mentioned at book's end though to wet your appetite....Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Maltese Mummy. Any guess as to whether or not I'll be watching for it? (Yep, definitely.)
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Until next time...happy reading!