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The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit

The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit

Fall 2014 Audio Book
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
CD Price: $9.99

Randi Rhodes, junior detective and martial arts black belt, is having a difficult year. Her mother recently died, her father is withdrawn, and to make things worse, they've moved from her beloved Brooklyn neighborhood to Tennessee where she has to make friends all over again. Except for her mother, what she misses most is being a detective. In Brooklyn, she was the anonymous neighborhood crime-solver.

Despondent in her new small town of Deer Creek, Randi finds two other outlanders, D.C. and Pudge, who she quickly recruits when the town's most valuable treasure is stolen. The town is in danger of bankruptcy and greedy developers are ready to take it over.

Randi's a sharp detective. She should be, her father writes mystery novels. Her new sidekicks are no slouches, either. The three of them lead listeners on a fun chase with spooky caves, haunted houses and plenty of bad guys.

Octavia Spencer is an actress (Academy Award Winner, The Help), with a nice narrative voice, though character dialogue blends together in places, making it sometimes challenging to follow.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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