Now this is a fun chapter book, with the promise of a great series to come!
Riz Chester knows she’s different to other kids. Why? She notices stuff. But when her keen habits of observation cause her to notice something strange about some notes of money, Riz finds herself in the middle of a counterfeit mystery. Could she help the police find who is running the counterfeit operation? Or will they ignore her because she’s just a kid?
Told from Riz’s perspective, this fast-paced chapter book keeps readers guessing. There are ten chapters, each illustrated and sprinkled through with pages from Riz’s ‘observations’ notebook. These help to engage even the most reluctant readers with the story.
I love how this story makes room for kids who see the world through different lens. Riz and her friends might seem quirky to others, but they have what it takes to work together and solve a mystery. RA Stephens has written a fun book that encourages kids to celebrate the 'weird' things about themselves that are, in reality, fantastic strengths!
With themes of inclusion, curiosity, science and, yes, even forensics, this is a great start to the Riz Chester series. Recommended.
A big thanks to Wombat Books for this review copy!