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Eddie Red, Undercover: Mystery in Mayan Mexico

by Marcia Wells

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Eddie Red has a picture perfect memory; if he sees something once, he’ll remember it in every detail later. But Eddie’s talent is extra useful because he’s also a talented artist, and he can reproduce what he has seen for other people. This combination of skills has led him to become a crime-solving sleuth who has already helped the NYPD crack a case. While vacationing in Mexico, Eddie is given a chance to sleuth again when his father is accused of stealing an ancient mask. Teaming up with his best friend Jonah and a clever local girl, the three kids rush to solve the mystery before Eddie’s father is thrown in jail.

This is a fun book for kids in the upper middle grades. It’s pretty fast-paced as Eddie and Jonah rush all over San Pablo del Nino hunting for clues and suspects – a bit unbelievable to an adult (what kind of parents let their kids roam free in Mexico?) but a child will have no trouble getting sucked in. Facts about the Aztecs, Maya, and art history are slipped in so naturally that kids will end up learning a thing or two without even trying.

A huge bonus to the book is the inclusion of Eddie’s sketches, provided by the talented pencils of Marcos Calo. They’re detailed and crisp, and kids will enjoy poring over them as they try to solve the mystery before the book’s heroes do. ( )
  makaiju | Apr 15, 2015 |
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Now that he has become the NYPD’s youngest crime-solving hero, Eddie Red and his best friend Jonah are ready to relax on a family vacation to Mexico. But when Eddie’s father is falsely accused of stealing, what they find is another complex mystery. Can Eddie – with his artistic talent and photographic memory – and Jonah uncover clues and catch the real crook in time? "Fast-paced, funny, and a sure pleaser for Cam Jansen Grads" (Kirkus), the Eddie Red series stars a hero worth rooting for.

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