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January Joker by Ron Roy
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Mar 11, 10

bookshelves: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, friendship, mystery, early-chapter-book
Read in February, 2010

This series follows the little siblings of the A-Z Mystery gang. I like Roy's clear, direct writing, but found the set-up a little confusing. The characters didn't seem like separate people - it was hard to get a clear picture of each of the kids. Kids will likely have a clear picture of the original group from the A-Z Mysteries: Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose. But Roy is adding four new characters: Brian and Bradley, Josh's twin brothers; Lucy, Dink's cousin; and Nate, Ruth Rose's little brother. In the series opener, all 7 kids are involved in the mystery and it's hard to keep them all separate, much less distinct characters.

The second installment, February Friend, establishes the characters a little more clearly and has less of the original characters in it.
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