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Maisy and the Missing Mice

(The Maisy Files #1)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school's mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science ...more
Paperback, 1, 74 pages
Published October 14th 2013 by CreateSpace (first published October 5th 2013)
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Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I don't know if adorable even begins to describe Maisy.

She is just your average fourth grade detective - oh wait, I wish those were real. Kids like Maisy would make being a kid a lot more interesting. When her school's mascot, a pair of mice, go missing she's on the case. It starts with a single clue, a black boot, and expands from there. Through deductive reasoning and notes left to her by the kidnapper, Maisy is able to track down the culprit, but not before he takes what is most dear to her.
Aparna Singh
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Maisy and the Missing Mice turned out to be a short and sweet read. The characters are very adorable, especially Maisy herself, the fourth grader mystery solver with a fetish for cherry lollipops. She loves solving mysteries (she's very serious about it) and good at it too.

The story is short, the right length for elementary school readers. I believe it'll definitely be an enjoyable read for little boys and girls.

I've always loved reading children's books from as far back as I can remember. The
Beth Rodgers
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'Maisy and the Missing Mice' by Elizabeth Woodrum is a simply written story, yet contains more than enough intrigue to keep even adults readers focused and questioning motive.

Maisy, a fourth grader, loves solving mysteries. The only thing she may love more, or at least in equal proportion, is her cherry lollipops. When some mice, which serve as the school mascots, go missing, everyone just knows that Maisy will take the case. What she doesn't bargain for, however, are the personal stakes mounte
This was a fun and quick read. I listened to it with my 6 year old and he loved it.

Maisy loves the old black and white detective movies and loves nothing better than solving mysteries like her favourite detectives. When her school mascots goes missing, Maisy goes into detective mode to find them.

As I said, my 6 year old son really enjoyed this. He thought Maisy was brave and smart and had a lot of fun trying to see who was the culprit. Myself, I thought Maisy is a worthy heroine. I
Literary  Chanteuse
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-mystery
Maisey is just the type of amateur child sleuth you can depend on to get the job done. Easy to read and easy to like. A great choice for middle graders and both boys and girls would enjoy this story. A wonderful start to a series that looks to be an interesting and entertaining must reads.

4 stars
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from Lola's Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

The Story

Maisy Sawyer has two passions on her life: mysteries and cherry lollipops. Even being only a fourth grade student, she is considered her school’s professional detective and always helps people solving their mysteries… In exchange for cherry lollipops, of course!

At first, the robbery of the school’s mice seem/>The
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meet Maisy. She’s a sassy, smart, lollipop-licking (only cherry, please), detective-in-the-making. Her latest case? The mascots of the school, some adorable little mice, have gone missing. And to add insult to injury, the thief also stole her stash of lollipops! It is up to Maisy to find the culprit, rescue the mice, recover her beloved lollipops, and figure out the reason why someone would abduct the pride of West Valley Elementary School.

I read this book aloud to both my kids (my 7
Monica Babaian
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I haven't had much luck finding interesting self-published books. I'm happy to say that Maisy and the Missing Mice has finally changed my experience with self-published books. I purchased the Kindle version of this book for $2.99 in order to preview it. However I'm going to see if I can find a print copy of it to add to my library collection.

Woodrum created an adorable character in Maisy, a mystery solving fourth grader with an affinity for cherry flavored lollipops. In Maisy and the Missing Mi
Patricia Hamill
Totally cute, well-written, and logical. Great story for young readers.

Maisy is a fourth grader who has an extraordinary talent for solving mysteries. Someone has stolen the mice from one of the classrooms, and the students are beyond worried. The little critters are the school's unofficial mascots and are beloved by all. It's a good thing Maisy is on the case, but her newest challenge may be more than she can handle. The culprit, soon known as The Black Boot, has taken her beloved c
DelAnne Frazee
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Maisy And The Missing Mice
Author: Elizabeth Woodrum
Publisher: Elizabeth Woodrum
Published: 9-24-2013
ISBN: 10-1492922056
ISBN: 13-978-1492922056
Pages: 75
Genre: Children's Literature
Tags: Mystery
Overall Rating: Very Good

While out walking one night with her dog, Reecie, Maisy Sawyer is about to enjoy her all time favorite cherry lollipop when a bike rider comes out of the dark and throws a paper at her. W
Enrico Antiporda
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is short but good. I recommend it for readers 1st to 4th grade, especially those who like reading kid mysteries in one or two seatings. The writing is simple and to the level of its target audience, making it an enjoyable read. The novel stars Maisy, a precocious 4th grader with a knack for solving light neighborhood mysteries. She sees herself as an old-time movie detective, a female-kid version of Sam Spade of the Maltese Falcon. Whenever she's on a case, she perceives the world in b ...more
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Maisy and the Missing Mice was a short, but enjoyable read. It’ll be ideal for lower graders who enjoy a pleasant mystery. It’s not scary at all, and our detective and main character, Maisy Sawyer, will be very relatable for little kids. She loves cherry lollips, her dog Reesie, and hanging out with her best friend, Veronica. At times, she’s completely random – like any regular kid – but she does have an intelligent head on her shoulders, and she l
Patrick Hodges
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Never mess with a girl's lollipops.

When two mice, the unofficial mascots for an everyday elementary school are stolen, it falls to Maisy, not your everyday elementary school student, to solve the case. With her trademark fedora and gung-ho attitude, her investigations soon bring her nemesis out of the woodwork, the mysterious and nefarious Black Boot, who swipes Maisy's beloved cherry lollipop collection (her preferred method of payment) out from under her nose.

Well, of c
Anyer Feanix
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As somebody who was once a kid but increasingly gets amnesiac about these days, I find it hard to judge this story from a child’s perspective. I can only guess how much enjoyment it could bring to a child.

To me, it is a fun, heart-warming little book about a girl who is a talented investigator and currently working on a challenge: where did the school pet mice disappeared to? The case bears all the hallmarks of abduction, with a certain Black Boot being involved.

Maisy is
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maisy is one cherry lollipop-loving girl. Everyone knows it, too. That’s what made it so easy for The Black Boot to loot her stash and use it as leverage.

Maisy has a knack for detective work. She prefers cherry lollipops as payment. When she’s on a case, things fade to black and white, like in the old mystery movies. This time, someone has stolen the school’s unofficial mascots: the mice from the science room.

The only clue to go on is a black boot. When the announcement i
J.C. Wing
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was charming from the very beginning straight through to the end. I’ve always been an avid reader and I know that this is one of those books I would have picked up in third grade and devoured with the hope that there were plenty more in the series.

It is obvious while reading this book that the author knows kids. She writes concisely without more than is needed, but she knows her readers are smart and does not write too simplistically, either. Maisy, our heroine, is interest
Carrie Ardoin
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a quick and very sweet story about a fourth grade girl named Maisy who likes to solve mysteries. She's very serious about it, and good at it too. Everyone knows that Maisy can help you out, and she expects to be paid in the form of cherry lollipops! So when the school mice go missing, Maisy is on the case and follows the clues to find out whodunit.

I thought this was a cute little story. It's about 45 pages, which is a good length for elementary readers--and it has chapters, t
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-the-kiddos
Today I am letting my daughter Katiana (9 years old) take over the review of the ARC we received. She was really excited to get this book and she is going to do it all from telling her thoughts to typing.

My name is Kat. I am 9 years old.

Here is a little bit of the Maisy files. Maisy Sawyer is not an average student she’s more of a detective. Most detectives want a big reward, not Maisy. She will work for cherry lollipops. That’s my idea of a reward. So Maisy was eating lunch with her friend Veronica and the prin
Lynda Dickson
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 6-12
Shelves: children
Maisy Sawyer is a fourth grader who "loved mysteries and was excellent at solving them." When she's on a case she literally sees things in black and white, like an old movie. And her fee? Why, cherry lollipops, of course!

Maisy is currently investigating the theft of the school mascots by the mysterious Black Boot. With her tools of the trade - her fedora, notebook and pencil, and a cherry lollipop - Maisy sets out to investigate and round up the suspects. And then she gets another ca
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute book! I enjoyed reading about Maisy and her detective skills. The mice go missing from the science lab and Maisy is on the case. She solves mysteries for cherry lollipops and this thief not only steals the mice, but also dares to steal her lollipops! She interviews a witness which gives her clues, including the fact that he saw a black boot. She also receives messages from the thief. She is determined to find out who The Black Boot is.

This is a fun book for a begi
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is such a fun book. Even though it’s a book for children, I think it’s perfect for adults who want a quick fun read. I loved it.

The story starts off interesting and stays that way till the end. It even has some laugh out loud moments. Maisey is such a great character. She’s smart, has good intuition and is a great detective. I was wondering how she’d ever find out who stole the mice and her lollipops since there were so little clues, but being the awesome detective she is, she d
Kirstin Pulioff
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, detective
I LOVED this book, and more importantly, my 7 year old daughter LOVED this book. You can't get higher praise from me... it will be read over and over in our home.

The character of Maisy drew me in. She is a typical 4th grader who loves her friends, her dog, and cherry lollipops. When news of the school's missing mice hits the afternoon announcements, it's no surprise that Maisy jumps on the case. To solve the puzzle, but also to get her reward of cherry lollipops... and then when her
Shelly Hammond
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Maisy and The Missing Mice is a wonderful detective story for the youngest of readers to the youngest at heart. Where there is a case to be solved there is the fedora wearing, notepad carrying, fourth grader Maisy Sawyer! Preferred payment: cherry lollipops.

This fairly short chapter book is the perfect length for early readers to middle grade readers. It reads smoothly and is guaranteed to hold the attention of most anyone. The character of Maisy is a very likeable one and she perfectly fits th
Korey Ward
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful read for young children. Maisy is an adorable little girl that is also her school's crime fighting detective. She loves lollipops and solving cases. One day, the school mascots ( a couple of mice) goes missing and a mysterious black boot seen leaving the scene. It's up to Maisy to track the owner of the black boot down and get to the bottom of who, they are, and where the mice are. Little did she know that the stash of her lollipops would become missing too. With her lollipops ...more
Maureen Timerman
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I read this book or helped my 8 year old. He seemed to really enjoy, even though she is a girl, this story. He giggled over "black boot", and interesting descriptions.
The story is geared for his age, and he wished there was more when he had finished the book. He giggled over her obsession with the lolly pops, and thought the thief was quite smart to steal her prized collection.
He wondered why the thief would want someone else tooth....yuck!! When we got to the answers we was happy about t
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love children’s audiobooks. Found this book, looking to use my audible credit.
Fun. This book is no exception. It made me smile with the interpretation of some of the characters just by the sound of their voices. I had so much fun.
It's clear that Elizabeth Woodrum knows Maisy’s world. From the children’s point of view, it is full of sweet tragedies that make this book delicious and fun. It’s easy for kids to identify with Maisy’s world, with her friends and life style. I enjoyed eve
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author does a great job at creating a character that children can learn from. Maisy loves solving mysteries and sees things in black and white, like the old detective movies. When her school's mice go missing, she is determined to solve the case. I enjoyed this book as an adult, so I can only imagine how much the children are going to like it. This book teaches children important lessons, such as seeking an adult if you're in trouble and the importance of communicating with them. If you have ...more
Ruth Hill
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads, children
When I was growing up, I thoroughly enjoyed an intriguing mystery (and I still do). In this day and age, mysteries abound for kids, but they are often not appropriate, and they can even be extremely ominous. Not so with this mystery! This book features an engaging mystery, an amateur sleuth, and she is in elementary school! My daughter would have luxuriated in this novel. It is brief enough to hold the interest of the toughest critics, and I even found myself smiling!

I was sent a cop
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story! The main character is easy to like and my girls (age 5 and 9) both loved following along with Maisy's imagination as she chases clue after clue to finally solve the mystery. This book would be great for 2nd to 6th grade readers and is fun for younger readers to listen as it is read aloud. There are a few parts that needed to be explained to my girls - specifically the old-fashioned detective references since they are not familiar with continue reading
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I would like to thank the author Elizabeth Woodrum for giving me this book for an honest review. This was a cute quick read. Maisy likes to solve mysteries. When I was in grade school, I loved reading Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries, and I think Maisy will be a great asset to children's libraries. Mysteries are fun to get into and try to figure out who did what or where something disappeared to. I would like to see more from this author.
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Elizabeth Woodrum is a full time elementary teacher in Ohio. She began writing as early as when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children's series, is the first series that she has published.

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“If you ever want to see your lollipops again, forget about the missing mice. -The Black Boot” -1 likes
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