Best friends and seventh graders Sophie Young and Grace Yang have made a game out of spying on their neighbors. On one of their midnight stakeouts, they witness a terrifying, bloody scene at the home of their bizarre middle-school counselor, Dr. Charlotte Agford (aka Dr. Awkward). At least, they think they do. The truth is that Dr. Agford was only making her famous pickled beets! But when Dr. Agford begins acting even weirder than usual, Sophie and Grace become convinced that she’s hiding something—and they’re determined to find out what it is.
Soon the girls are breaking secret codes, being followed by a strange blue car, and tailing strangers with unibrows and Texas accents. But as their investigation heats up, Sophie and Grace start to crack under the pressure. They might solve their case, but will their friendship survive? – Goodreads
First, let me say that Kristen has written an awesome debut middle-grade novel. I am super excited that this is the first in a series of Young and Yang mystery novels. Growing up, my grandmother had the entire Nancy Drew mystery series…and guess what? I devoured every single one of them. Although I had read a number of other MG mysteries since, none gave me the feeling I had when reading Nancy Drew (twists, turns, super-suspense!) UNTIL I read The Wig in the Window.
There is just so much to love about this book! Kittscher has created two well-developed, quirky characters that I want to learn more about. Both young sleuths struggle through typical middle-school drama (friendship issues, annoying parents, crazy teachers), that all young readers can identify with. The dialogue between the two friends rings true and is absolutely hilarious. I actually found myself lol-ing at times! This story of friendship and courage is one that readers of all ages will enjoy. Definitely check this one out!
P.S. I love the cleverly titled chapters…(Wigging Out, Stranger Danger, Amazing Grace, etc.).