Disclosure: I received a pre-released copy of The Wig in the Window from the author for the sole purpose of this review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are 100% my own.
Do you have a tween that likes to read mystery books? Clever clues are all around within the lives of two tween friends inside the pages of The Wig in the Window.
The Wig in the Window
Best friends and seventh graders Sophie Young and Grace Yang suspect their local school counselor is a dangerous fugitive… and might be right!
Best friends and seventh graders Sophie Young and Grace Yang have made a game out of spying on their neighbors. On one of their midnight stakeouts, they witness a terrifying, bloody scene at the home of their bizarre middle-school counselor Dr. Charlotte Agford (also known as Dr. Awkward).
At least, they think they do. The truth is that Dr. Agford was only making her famous pickled beets! But when Dr. Agford begins acting even weirder than usual, Sophie and Grace become convinced that she’s hiding something—and they’re determined to find out what it is.
Soon the girls are breaking secret codes, being followed by a strange blue car, and tailing strangers with unibrows and Texas accents. But as their investigation heats up, Sophie and Grace start to crack under the pressure. But even if they solve the case, will their unlikely friendship survive?
After receiving the book a couple months ago, JJ (my 9 year old) was more than thrilled to sit down to read it. Although she reads on a pretty advanced grade level, some of the words were a bit more difficult for her, but she made it through the book on her own. Plus, she seemed to enjoy the challenge and it helped motivate her to read similar books. She is looking forward to the next adventure with the girls.
I enjoyed reading The Wig in the Window. I was able to compare myself to the character Grace because she is homeschooled just like me. I also feel as though we are the same because she is always trying to figure everything out… and so am I. She just wants to get everything straight and I can agree with her on that.
I also enjoyed the fact that they used interesting words. Words that I do not typically find in the books I read. They seemed to be really smart words and encouraged me to learn more vocabulary. I like being able to learn as I read. Plus, I enjoy reading mystery books and The Wig in the Window had a lot of clues to follow and discover as I read through it.
I asked JJ to draw her own rendition of Grace and this was how she pictured her:
Kristen Kittscher was a child neighborhood spy but (allegedly) grew up to be an upstanding citizen and middle school English teacher. A graduate of Brown University, she now works as a writing tutor in Pasadena, California where she lives with her husband, Kai, and their hyperactive lab mix. The Wig in the Window is her first novel.
The Wig in the Window will be released on June 18, 2013. You can currently pre-order the book on [amazon_link id="0062110500" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" container="" container_class="" ]Amazon.com[/amazon_link].