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The Wig in the Window (Young and Yang #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,144 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Books
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Feb 05, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing
In THE WIG IN THE WINDOW, best friends and spy partners Sophie Young and
Grace Yang face all the struggles of middle school's changing friendships
AND the dangers of a real life-or-death mystery. This book is funny,
realistic, and suspenseful -- a pitch-perfect mystery for the tween set.
Nov 26, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
This books is fantastic. I was expecting something light-hearted and funny, a whimsical adventure about two young female sleuths who get in over their heads... what I got was all of that, plus so much more.

There is *depth* to this book. Not hit-you-on-the-head-with-Big-Issues kind of depth (although I like those books, too), but subtle depth in every character and situation. Stereotypes are routinely addressed and smashed, and readers will be introduced to the idea of cultural appropriation, pe
Feb 19, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile, 2014
Story was interesting enough and the mystery was good, too, but my main problem was with some of the characters.

I absolutely dislike it when two characters, friends, go on an adventure but it is usually the idea of only one of them and it is usually the other that gets in trouble. Meanwhile, the idea gal keeps getting these stupid ideas for her gullible friend to do.

This was the case here. Grace had all the great ideas of spying, breaking and entering, stealing, etc because SHE was interested in
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Kristen Kittscher's debut caught my eye with that brilliantly adorable cover, one which perfectly captures the book itself, which makes it even better. Though mysteries aren't my genre of choice, I couldn't resist checking this one out, because of the Rear Window connection. Pop culture references are for the win always. The Wig in the Window is above all a story of friendship and courage, with plenty of humor and adventure to keep readers of all ages entertained.

The first thing I need to give K
McCormick Templeman
Dec 20, 2012 McCormick Templeman rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book with beautiful writing and incredibly fun plotting – the kind of book I love as an adult, but would have killed for as a kid. Sophie and Grace are the very spirit of adventure. They are fun and brave, and smart, though not without some very human foibles. Trista is a revelation. Just a fantastic character. The book is incredibly fun, but it’s not fluff. There are some really interesting things going on at a deeper level in this book. Kittscher really taps into what it is to be a ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Beth rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I cannot begin to fully articulate the amount of suspension of disbelief this book requires. Just as I decided to allow something, just as I began to sort of fit its ridiculousness into the worldbuilding, bam, the author piled on something even more ridiculous.

This is even worse than absent parents: this has the parents, and hasn't the slightest clue how to properly fit them in. But this book doesn't have the slightest clue about quite a lot of things, including the fact that twelve-year-olds ar
Rachele Alpine
Mar 16, 2013 Rachele Alpine marked it as to-read
Oh goodness....I loved this book! The girls' dialogue had me cracking up the entire time I was reading it and the situations they got themselves into as they tried to solve the mystery were fun and creative. It reminded myself of all the trouble and mischief I got into when I was in grade school! I can see this getting passed around and around the hands of mystery lovers!
Shelby Bach
Nov 11, 2013 Shelby Bach rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves-of-2013
You guys, I LOVED The Wig in the Window. I kind of guessed I would, but I was surprised at HOW MUCH I loved it. It’s definitely one of my favorite middle grades of the year.

I’ve been waiting to read something like it for a long time. The mystery kept me guessing, right up until the end, but the REAL attraction for me was the three sleuths: Sophie, Grace, and Trista! Some books in this age group don’t give kids enough credit, and it drives me crazy. But Sophie, Grace, and Trista bounce off the pa
Mar 27, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
There's so much to love in this book! Fabulous twelve-year-old girls squaring up to danger and solving mysteries! A heroine whose fantasy is to be a professor of Asian studies at Oxford! Her best friend, who plans to join the FBI! A wonderfully smart, ruthless and snarky new friend, met by the heroine when she becomes a social outcast! And it's all really funny, too.

I think if I were more of a mystery fan myself, I would have given this book 5 stars and loved every bit of it. Because I'm not re
Claire Scott
I might have given it four stars, except that the addition of the BEST fat character I've encountered in a middle grade novel leveled it way the hell up! nicely done! funny, fast paced, fun, with great characters and a legitimately creepy villain...fabulous job, esp for a debut author. but most of all, it wins everything for Testa, who is fat, badass, a science and engineering genius, eats healthily, and doesn't take any shit. even though the story is obvs completely different, the friendship be ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Jana rated it really liked it
4 fudgy, frosted brownies.

Cover Love:
Yes! I love the colors and the font and the girls. I just adore this cover and know it will be eye catching to many readers in my library!

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I love tween girl mystery books so when I read the synopsis for this one I knew I had to read it.

My Thoughts:
This is not a tame little mystery story. There is a lot of danger and action and a very intriguing mystery. One thing I liked (that I think will resonate with most kids) was how easy it was
*Review at:

In the tradition of Nancy Drew, and, in this case, Sun Tzu, Young and Yang are on the case! This book immediately draws you in and the action never stops. You are predicting and trying to solve the mystery right alongside Sophie and Grace throughout the whole book! Twist and turns keep you guessing and the ending is quite an adventure!

One of the things I liked the most about this book were the characters. There are 3 main girl characters (Trist
Jun 25, 2013 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Sophie and Grace like to play at being spies. On one of their nightly escapades they spy something sinister through a neighbor's window. They see a teacher hacking someone to bits...well they see lots of blood and her with a huge knife. Turns out that she was making pickled beets. Something is still sort of off about Dr. Agford though, and the girls are convinced that she is up to no good. They really don't have any proof though, all they have is a hunch. A hunch might prove to be good enough th ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sep 07, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Sophie and Grace are great friends, and spy on their neighbors to pass the time. All goes well until they spy on the guidance conselor at Sophie's school, Dr. Agford, and think they see her hacking a bloody body on the kitchen counter with a cleaver. Of course, they phone the police with this information, and (of course) it turns out that Dr. Agford was really doing something benign instead. Sophie gets in big trouble with her parents as well as the school, and has to work in Agford's yard as we ...more
K.L. Hallam
Feb 21, 2014 K.L. Hallam rated it it was amazing
When I read the blurb for THE WIG IN THE WINDOW, Kristen Kittscher’s middle-grade mystery with its premise: two seventh-graders, midnight steak outs, spying, suspicious neighbors, walkie-talkies, secret codes, and mistaken identities, all rolled into a humorous and creepy mystery, I had to read this.

I loved this book! The humor of the mc, Sophie Young, together with her best friend, Grace Yang, as they turn into self-appointed agents, Young and Yang— slayed me.
The girls become tangled up in a c
Everyone has had a teacher they particularly disliked. But Sophie and Grave have a teacher that isn't just dislikable...she's darn right villainous.

Mid-way through this book I thought I would give it a lower rating. The beginning was fun, but awkward and meaningless at some places. Then the pace picked up, and everyone's identities were switching and it was so–AAAHHHH! I loved it! I would have given it a five at that point.

The characters were great. Charlotte Agford in all her fake-ness was a t
Jun 10, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Grace and Sophie- two peas in a pod.
Best friends till the end.
And now, partners in crime!

One night during their sleuthing, things get real! And Sophie and Grace stumble upon a mystery that could put them both in danger. Something is off about Dr. Agford, the school counselor. And it's up for Sophie and Grace to figure it out.
Can they solve the mystery before they lose the most important things of all- their friendship and possibly their lives?

So I should probably start off with the fact tha
Renee Brandon
Jul 20, 2013 Renee Brandon rated it it was amazing
If you want a mystery for kids, this is it! Perfect for grades 4 and up, both boys and girls. Kittscher does a wonderful job twisting and turning the mystery and suspense through the entire story. It's a fun and lively book and one that I will be sharing with my students. Grace and Sophie are best friends, and spies. Their normal quiet neighborhood is turned into a den for suspects as they go out searching for criminals. Their "normal" nightly routine of spying on their neighbors turns scarily i ...more
Jenny Sawyer
Sep 27, 2013 Jenny Sawyer rated it it was ok
The Wig in the Window was a book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this summer. But instead of being delighted by this middle grade mystery, featuring two best friends whose relationship is changing, I found myself disturbed, confused, and ultimately disappointed. My biggest problem: a deluge of appearance slurs, which left me more than a little uncomfortable. (I mean, I know that teen girls are image-conscious and judgmental, but shouldn’t a book for this age group do more to lift them out of ...more
J. Mann
Nov 25, 2013 J. Mann rated it it was amazing
Best friends Sophie Young and Grace Yang have been regularly sneaking out of their houses in the dark of night on spy missions. One night on the prowl with not much happening, the girls decide to investigate the yard of Sophie's school counselor. Through a window, they witness Dr. Agford chopping something very bloody with a cleaver. Although it turns out that she was only cutting up beets for a batch of her special pickled vegetables, Sophie and Grace still suspect that she is hiding something. ...more
Mark Baker
Jun 18, 2013 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
This first in a new Middle Grade mystery series introduces us to two seventh graders who have decided they want to work for the FBI. They are practicing by spying on their neighbors, but the game turns serious when they see a neighbor committing a crime. Things may not be what they seem. Or they might be in some serious danger.

The book pulled me in with great main characters and a plot that gets very suspenseful as the book progresses. The target audience will definitely love it, and any adult w
Sep 09, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
3 stars for me, 4+ stars for kids

This read like a Disney Channel TV show, but in a good way. It was a bright, energetic, clean telling of a mystery, yet still rang true in terms of the way in which the preteen girls were portrayed. This book also had some twists that I didn't necessarily expect. I found it interesting to read a story that poked a little bit of fun at the main (white) character's fascination with all things Chinese, in contrast to her best friend's way of being Chinese American.
Suzanne Warr
Feb 02, 2016 Suzanne Warr rated it really liked it
One of my fav things to do as a young teen was go out at night--with my friends, of course, and often just playing kick the can. But those after-dark adventures were delicious because they felt scary but weren't really.

What Sophie and Grace discover is that safe can turn scary in half a heartbeat, and peeking and peering can lead to serious trouble, even in a sleepy little town and on your own street! Find the full review (plus the cat's two cents) on my blog, and let me know what you think!
Sheila Beaumont
What an awesomely entertaining mystery this is! The characters are wonderfully portrayed, especially the three brave, quirky, adventurous preteen girls who use their wits to solve the mystery. The story becomes more complex and suspenseful as it progresses, then builds to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion.

The Wig in the Window is a well-plotted, beautifully written tale, with great dialogue, and it's also very funny. Recommended for middle-graders, of course, but also for grown-ups who love
Jul 25, 2015 Stacey rated it really liked it
Wig in the Window hit with a Modern Nancy Drew feeling. I loved the suspense of the girls going out and being spies and being GOOD AT IT. There were so many moments where I found myself feeling the same way I do as I watch my beloved horror movies... "Don't trust that person!" "what are you thinking??" "No, Girls!!" I loved it. The characters made me feel right at home since I too, used to be a teenage girl. I loved all of them, well, almost all of them. :)

This is a great pick for middle grades
Livia Blackburne
I really enjoyed this book! Really fun, with endearing characters, and twists that kept me guessing. I really appreciated that Kittcher had a Chinese-American main character as well, and thought the incorporation of Chinese culture (both in Grace's family and in Sophie's hilarious feng shui/tai chi obsession) were nuanced, sensitive portrayals that stayed clear of caricacature. Overall, highly recommended for someone looking for a fun middle grade mystery.
Jessica  Van Tassell
Oct 04, 2015 Jessica Van Tassell rated it really liked it
I LOVED this!! I debated giving it a 5, but since it was more like a 4.5 I rounded down. I feel like it is not often that a children's book can surprise me and this definitely did. My ideas of "who did it" changed multiple times, and it also made me laugh and be reminded of how great childhood friendships can be.
Brandy Painter
This is a fun MG mystery. Fast paced from the beginning, Kittscher has woven together a tale of intrigue and danger where the kids get to save the day. It is one of those books that MG readers who like mysteries will love. The mom-reader in my was side-eyeing it through a good deal though because I don't like it when kids take risks I can realistically see my own thinking would be awesome.
Maybeline Tay
Oct 15, 2015 Maybeline Tay rated it really liked it
This is a great read! Love the friendship. The two friends were so different yet they learnt to accept each other's differences. I love the mystery and it was so much fun reading this. For me, the best character is Trista. She is absolutely brilliant. Will definitely read the next adventure.
Paige Y.
Oct 02, 2013 Paige Y. rated it really liked it
A fun middle school mystery, with a little more violence than a typical elementary school mystery. I think it's perfect for 6th - 7th grade.
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Kristen Kittscher is the 2014 James Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence and debut author of THE WIG IN THE WINDOW (Harper Children's 2013) and THE TIARA ON THE TERRACE (Harper Children's, 1/5/2016). Officially a native of Pittsburgh, Kristen grew up in over thirteen cities -- including San Francisco, Reno, London, and Dallas. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparativ ...more
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