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Monday, 17 February 2014

Review: Billie B Mystery #1 and #2

Billie B Brown is growing up. Her adventures are changing and so are her challenges. These first two books in the new Billie B Mystery series might still be early chapter books, but they pack a punch.

Should you scare your friends on purpose, especially when you know what they are most afraid of? And what happens if they do the same thing to you? How far would you go to help out a friend in danger? Could you overcome your fears to help them out?

Spooky House sent chills up my spine, but only for a moment and the end offered the perfect introduction to the next Billie B Mystery: Code Breakers where codes are not the only puzzles to be unravelled.

Each friend in Billie B’s friendship group has their own special skill. One is a leader, another the problem solver and another, the peace-maker, but what happens when one person wants to be and do everything? Is that even fair? You’ll have to read for yourself if you want to find out whether one person can tear Billie B’s friends apart.

Both Spooky House and Code Breakers offer the ups and downs of dramatic narrative while still being short enough (and with simple enough wording) to satisfy the emerging independent reader.

Spooky House (Billie B Mystery #1)
Code Breakers (Billie B Mystery #2)
Author: Sally Rippin
Illustrator: Aki Fukuoka
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, $9.95 RRP
Publication Date: September 2013, October 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781742976158 (Spooky House), 9781742976525 (Code Breakers)
For ages: 7 +years
Type: Junior Fiction

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