Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Into the Lion's Den by Linda Fairstein

First Line: "I'm trapped!" Liza said.

Devlin Quick is attending summer school and has a new friend, Liza from Argentina. When at the New York Public Library, Liza is certain that she saw someone steal a page from a rare book. Devlin-- twelve-year-old daughter of the first woman police commissioner in New York City-- wants the man brought to justice, even if it means enlisting the help of another friend, Booker, and racing around the city collecting evidence. She's more than persistent enough to get the job done.

This book, written for the eight to twelve age bracket, is a fun read for adults, too. I enjoyed the tours of the New York Public Library and One Police Plaza, and I learned quite a bit about the rare map trade as well.

Although the characters in Into the Lion's Den all seem a bit too good to be true, I had to remind myself that I wasn't reading my usual fare. Devlin is smart and resourceful-- a born detective-- and her grandmother Louella "Lu" Atwell is my favorite adult. 

This is a fun, fast-paced, intriguing read for children, and it makes a nice change of pace for adults, too. How about some quality reading time together?

Into the Lion's Den by Linda Fairstein
ISBN: 9780399186431
Dial Books © 2016
Hardcover, 320 pages

KidLit, #1 Devlin Quick mystery
Rating: A
Source: Purchased at The Poisoned Pen.


  1. I have a deep respect for anyone who can get children interested in reading, Cathy. And this one sounds great! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I had no idea she's writing children's books now too. This sounds good!


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