The Book Bandit - Book Review

The Book Bandit

Author: Caron Pescatore
Genre: Children - Mystery & Wonders
Publisher: Pesky Books 4Kidz
Date Published: 00 , 0000
ISBN-10: 1958043095
ISBN-13: 978-1958043097

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Book Review of :  The Book Bandit


"The Book Bandit" by Caron Pescatore is a thrilling chapter book that follows the journey of young Phoebe Chen, who has a penchant for solving puzzles and mysteries in general. The eight-year-old detective, fueled by the inspiration of her detective father and a beloved girl detective, embarks on a new case involving a precious autographed book that has gone missing. 

Phoebe and her crime-fighting partner Luana take on this crucial case involving a suspiciously missing book that holds immense value to Phoebe's friend. Despite the two friends (BFF) being eight-year-olds with distinct personalities, cultural backgrounds, strengths, and crime-fighting approaches, the duo knows how to tackle this demanding challenge. Their demonstration of actions and empathy may help reinforce empathy's importance for kids today.

These young sleuths work tirelessly to pursue the clues that they hope will lead them to unravel the mystery, identify the culprit, and save the day. The intrepid third-grade detectives, led by Phobe, investigate multiple suspects who may have stolen their friend's cherished book. Each potential culprit had a motive and the chance to commit the heinous crime. These determined young sleuths stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the mystery. The fate of the missing book hangs in the balance, and only their skillful detective work will bring justice to the case.

A problematic predicament is presented, what should two hotshot investigators do when officers are presented with a suspect who is a dear friend yet also the likely culprit? Accusations must be made with extreme caution to prevent harm to the significant bond.

This exceptional book serves as an ideal tool for motivating children to read. It is a great standalone story, making it a perfect transitional read. Its real beauty is in its ability to captivate the young reader with a stimulating challenge to solve. Packed full of clues to help crack the case, the reader is encouraged to try their hand at pulling together the pieces before the conclusion reveals the actual culprit and the truth behind the mystery. The Book Bandit's focus is on entertaining while developing vital problem-solving abilities in young children. This book is sure to be a hit, as kids just love a great whodunnit.  

Reviewed by: James B.

About Caron Pescatore


Caron Pescatore was born in the United Kingdom. She spent most of her childhood in Jamaica, before migrating to the United States. After practicing as a registered nurse for many years, she decided to enter the field of law, obtaining her J.D. in 2001. She worked as an attorney for a number of years before leaving the profession to become a stay-at-home mom - her most challenging career to date. She recently returned to work at Legal Aid, representing people from marginal communities. Ms. Pescatore is passionate about justice and fairness for all, a sentiment which led, in part, to her decision to write the Kids'  Court Whodunit series. Her favorite pastimes are reading, writing, and watching true-crime shows. She also recently discovered a love of painting using stencils. At present, Ms. Pescatore lives in Florida with her husband and family.

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