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Lark Holds the Key
By author: Natasha Deen   Illustrated by: Marcus Cutler
Selling Points: library, sleuth, mystery, detective, private eye, case, twins, siblings, summer vacation
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/18/2016
Pages: 80
Fiction Ages 7-9
Price:  $6.95
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It’s the third day of summer vacation, and Lark’s halmoni—that’s Korean for grandmother—has promised to take Lark and her twin brother, Connor, to the library. Only trouble is, they arrive to discover that the town librarian is missing her key to the library. Lucky for her, Lark just happens to be a budding private eye. Can rookie detectives Lark and Connor solve this mystery and recover the lost key?
   Lark Holds The Key is the first book in the Lark Ba detective series.
School Library Journal - October 18, 2016
"A problem-solving adventure led by a lovable character and enhanced with vocabulary lessons: there is much to celebrate in this story. Lark Ba is a welcome addition to early chapter book heroines."
CM Magazine - September 12, 2016
"The narrative style...has a distinctively personal flavour with the inclusion of crossed out spelling attempts. Lark's fascination with words enhances the text and adds humour...Lark Holds the Key provides an excellent example of the steps of problem solving...After reading this first book in the Lark Ba detective series, young readers will look forward to the sequel."
Kirkus Reviews - August 1, 2016
"Although there are many labels that could be placed on this short chapter book's protagonist, none of them matter to the plucky little heroine who loves to read...the subjects of race and learning disabilities are incorporated neatly...Lark is a mixed-race girl debuting a lighthearted series...she may develop into a character with a fan base, like Ramona and Clementine before her."

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