Cold Case by Julia Platt Leonard

14 Apr

Cold Case

Cold Case by Julia Platt Leonard

Copyright 2011

Oz’s big brother is annoying, much older, and domineering.  But when Oz finds a body in the family restaurant and his brother is accused of the murder, Oz knows he needs to handle it.  With Oz’s best friend, Rusty, the pair of 13 year olds set out to solve the mystery.  Just to complicate things, Oz’s dad, who died before he was born, is a part of the case.  Did his dad commit treason?  Who killed the reporter in the icebox in the restaurant with the picture in the hotel taped under the drawer?  Can Oz and Rusty solve the case?

The chapters are very short, easy to read and the story moves well.  I heard Anthony Horowitz (author of the Alex Rider series) say that in order to have the best stories, the first thing you should do is kill off the parents.  A kid can’t have a good adventure with adults in the way.  Well, Oz doesn’t have a dad, his mom’s in another country, and his brother’s in jail.  It’s time for Oz to solve the case.

Recommended: Grades 5+

 

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