The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley
The review: This is absolutely the best book I have read in months. This mystery will have massive appeal for middle grades, YA, and adult readers, who love clever, funny, slightly diabolical narrators. It all starts when a jack snipe (with a stamp on its beak) is found on the porch of the English country estate of Buckshaw, where (almost) 11 year old Flavia lives. Next, she discovers a body in the cucumbers. Flavia loves poisons and chemistry and she ends up applying her knowledge for the good of humanity. With her trusty stead (bike) Gladys, she flies around the town of Bishop's Lacey finding clues. Another bonus: the lively cast of eccentric characters in the town of Bishop's Lacey.
Reading Level: This book is published for adults, but Flavia is a precocious 11 year old. YA readers who love mysteries and advanced middle grade readers would enjoy this book!
Author website and more info: http://www.flaviadeluce.com/ . There will be 5 more books in this series. Three are already released, and the next will be released in 2013. Recently the editors ordered 4 more books in the series on top of that, bringing the total to be published in this series at 10 books!
Song to Read by: Flavia loves this song--the Toccatta by Paradisi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vihM0HbuiPI