Review: Jewel Society, Catch Us if You Can


Jewel Society, Catch Us if You Can by Hope McLean

Age Range: 8 and up

Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (May 28, 2013)

Series: Jewel Society #1

Genre: Contemporary Middle Grade

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book:

In this new heist adventure series, an elite team of four best friends must track down stolen gems!

Jasmine, Erin, Willow, and Lili, the first year of middle school is
shaping up to be pretty awesome. They’ve been selected for an A-list
academic team because of their expertise in art, math, science, and
history. The Jewels, as they call themselves, are already winning
tournaments. But things heat up when another local team, the Atkinson
Prep Rivals, threatens to steal their spotlight.

To further
complicate matters, a beloved ruby necklace is stolen from their school,
and the Jewels must go undercover with their skills to track down the
culprit. Nothing seems to be adding up–until they look to the most
unlikely of suspects . . .

Can the Jewels figure out why the
precious ruby was stolen and find it before it’s too late? Packed with
suspense, thrilling plot twists, and a dash of sparkle, this is a fun
new series you won’t want to miss!

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About the Author:

Hope McLean loved reading mysteries when she was a kid, and often
pretended she was on an adventure to uncover secret treasures. She also
loved playing with her grandmother’s jewelry. The Jewel Thieves series
brings two of her favorite childhood activities to life.

My Thoughts:

This book was pretty good. It reminded me of The Boxcar Children in a lot of
ways. I felt like the mystery was well planned and the book moved at a
nice pace. The writing was clean and simple, and the characters were
entertaining.  This series will appeal to most girls ages 8 – 12.

A few things bothered me about the book. The main one was that the
dialogue didn’t sound realistic to me. The other thing was the abrupt
ending. I am a fan of complete stories, even if it’s part of a series.
This ending was left wide open, with no real resolution.

That being said, this is still a good book with the potential to get even better as the series continues.

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