Here it is, the 99th post on Girl Knows Books. And, of course, it’s one of my favorite types of books…you guessed it. A mystery. Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Frozen Hearts, written by Emma Kennedy. Strange title, isn’t it? And who is Wilma Tenderfoot, you ask? Wilma Tenderfoot is an orphan at the Institute for Woeful Children. It’s not exactly what you would call her “fond childhood”. Not at all. She spends her free time solving any mystery that arises in the Institute, to the exasperation of the forever-grouchy Madam Skratch. Wilma’s role model and idol is Theodore P. Goodman, the star detective of Cooper Island, who never fails to bring one of the loathsome Criminal Elements to justice. She’ll do whatever it takes to become a great detective like him! When Wilma is sent to the Farside of Cooper Island to be a servant to the curmudgeonly Mrs. Waldock, she just might have her chance. She never dreamed that Theodore P. Goodman would be living right next door! Whatever it takes, she’s determined to be his apprentice. Just one problem…Mr. Goodman isn’t interested. Well, Wilma will just have to prove herself to him won’t she? And what better way than helping him solve the case of stolen gem and several murders? This book might take a while to get into, but it has good characters, interesting plot, and is written well. The publisher recommends for ages 8 through 12. It did feel a little young for me at some points. I still plan on reading the sequel, Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Putrid Poison, though! Why don’t you take a look?
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