Secrets at the Chocolate Mansion: A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery by Leslie Margolis
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 6
Series: Maggie Brooklyn Mystery #3
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 3, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
The third book in the Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries—with a ghostly twist!
“Take your cookies elsewhere.” That’s what the note said in
neat, block-like print, attached to a box of Girl Scout Cookies. Someone
is out to sabotage the new sweet shop in the neighborhood, and Maggie
Brooklyn is on the case. If only she weren’t so freaked out herself
lately. Maggie’s new dogsitting gig has her and her twin brother Finn
hanging out in what they fear may be a real haunted mansion. And it’s
hard to solve real life mysteries when you think you’re seeing ghosts!
About the Author:
LESLIE MARGOLIS is the author of the successful Annabelle Unleashed series, including Boys Are Dogs, Girls Acting Catty, Everybody Bugs Out, and One Tough Chick; and two other books in the Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries: Girl’s Best Friend and Vanishing Acts. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, CA. www.lesliemargolis.com
The Maggie Brooklyn Mystery series is a light and fun collection of
books for middle grade readers. While nothing in the book is very heavy
or dark, kids are treated to a mystery (or two) complete with clues,
interrogations, and problem solving. Maggie is a sweet girl and she
makes a wonderful heroine for this series.
This particular book is much like the others in the series in that we
get to see a bit of Maggie’s social life, a teensy bit of her school
life, and quite a bit of her after-school working life. Light is shed on
each of the mysteries throughout the book as Maggie meets new people
and makes connections. Some clues are blatantly obvious, while others
are less so. It’s a quick and easy read that kids will enjoy. While the
book is part of a series, it can be read in its own.