Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter by Beth Fantaskey (Paperback)
It’s 1920s Chicago—the guns-and-gangster era of Al Capone—and it’s unusual for a girl to be selling the Tribune on the street corner. But ten-year-old Isabel Feeney is unusual . . . unusually obsessed with being a news reporter. She can’t believe her luck when she stumbles not only into a real-live murder scene, but also into her hero, the famous journalist Maude Collier. The story of how the smart, curious, loyal Isabel fights to defend the honor of her accused friend and latches on to the murder case like a dog on a pant leg makes for a winning, thoroughly entertaining middle grade mystery.
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Reading Level: 10-12
"Isabel is smart, courageous, and a good friend. The story is exciting, set in the gangster era of Chicago's 1920s. The short chapters end with readers wanting to go to the next chapter, almost like a cliffhanger. It's a great story for girls who have ambitions of pursuing careers in the male dominated field."
"I really liked this book! I like how Isabel is so determined to clear Miss Gidding's name, and how she continues to try, even after the adults tell her to stop. The end was interesting because of the massive plot twist. I liked how proud Isabel was, it made her a really funny character, because whenever someone offered her something, she said no even though she probably should've accepted it."
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