Wednesday, October 9, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: THE CASE OF THE LION DANCE

THE CASE OF THE LION DANCE
Laurence Yep
Harper
1998


Available: paperback

     Twelve-year-old-Lily finds herself in the middle of another strange mystery in Chinatown. Her great-aunt Tiger Lil is hired to help promote and advertise  a new restaurant called the Wok Inn. She has a great grand opening planned, but it's ruined when someone sets off a
bomb. someone who doesn't want to see the restaurant to be a success. Of course the police think it's all part of Tiger Lil's plan to get free publicity. They're not even looking for the real bomber. This means it's up to Lily and her aunt to find out who's behind the crime before it's too late.
     Although this book is a little older, it's timeless portrayal of  Chinatown culture is priceless. The mystery is exciting, suspenseful and age-appropriate. Lily is an engaging protagonist and any reader is sure to be entertained. 


Target audience: Grades 5-7
Mystery / suspense: good
Kid appeal: definate



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