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The Tiara on the Terrace

(Young and Yang #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Sophie Young and Grace Yang have been taking it easy ever since they solved the crime of the century...well, at least the biggest crime Luna Vista has ever seen. But things are getting exciting again now that everyone is gearing up for the 125th annual Winter Sun Festival—a town tradition that involves floats, a parade, and a “royal” court made up of local high school girl ...more
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Published January 5th 2016 by HarperCollins
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Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Read & Enjoyed 'The Wig in the Window'
Best friends and middle-grade crime-fighting duo Sophie Young and Grace Yang return in this second adventure, following up on their debut in The Wig in the Window . This time the young sleuths become involved in a murder-mystery when the president of The Winter Sun Festival - an important annual event in their California town - is found dead. Although the police seem to be treating it as an accident, Young and Yang know better, and together with their good friend (and budding mechanical geniu ...more
Kellee Moye
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Kristen Kittscher has done it again.
I love Young, Yang, and Bottoms because they are extraordinary yet normal girls.
I love the story because it is a perfect middle grade mystery--with just enough suspense and bad guys.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.

I am in awe of Kristen Kittscher’s ability to craft such a complicated mystery! There are so many twists and turns throughout that I am sure the plotting of the book was so intensive! I really appreciate Yo
McCormick Templeman
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tiara on the Terrace is an awesome middle grade mystery about friendship, changing perspectives of adult power, and the difficulties of navigating the shift from childhood to adolescence all set within the confines of a ridiculously fun mystery. I got to read an early version, and fell in love with it. We’re back with Sophie, Grace, and Trista, for whom life has returned to normal since their spy-filled, mystery-solving exploits of The Wig in the Window. This time the girls decide to infiltrate ...more
Jen Malone
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We were lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book and, after being such big fans of WIG IN THE WINDOW, my three children literally fought over who got to read it first (Sigh. I'm such a nice mom for giving them first dibs- and for refereeing the fight). They all zoomed through it and declared it perfect and I have to agree. We snickered over how the kid characters were so much smarter than the adults and the humor hit every time. Plus, it has a fictional version of the Rose Parade and wha ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: wndb
ARC from Young Adult Books Central

Sophie and Grace are minor celebrities in their California town of Luna Vista after they solved the crime of The Wig in the Window. This time, one of the organizers of the Sun Festival is found dead, the most likely cause being a blow to the head by a s'mores float. The girls feel that the police decide much too quickly that the death was a mere accident; they know better. When another organizer passes out, they feel that foul play must be the order of the day a
K.L. Hallam
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review.

The second book to The Wig in the Window and I loved this middle-grade adventure just as much, if not more because the main characters feel even more familiar to me. Sophie Young and Grace Yang, the tween super sleuths, are at it again and they’ve brought another friend, Trista, into their triumvirate alliance.

A fun whodunit that kept me guessing the entire way through, and I was completely surprised by the culprit. It’s the biggest crime to hit the girl
The Tiara on the Terrace brings back loveable Sophie and Grace, our two sleuths who last made their appearance in The Wig In The Window. After solving that crime, they are somewhat happy to get back to normal. Except they see danger and mystery around every turn! When they enlist to help with the floats at the famous parade in their town, a murder is the last thing they expect! But the perfect thing to back to spying!

This charming middle grade mystery book has it all. There are fun characters fi
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I am ridiculously excited for this book. I spent like 3 months checking for it on Goodreads, and then I forgot, and then, poof, it's there, cover and all!

The Wig in the Window is one of my favorite books, so I was SO excited for this to come out! I requested it at my library as soon as it was an option, and it finally came available yesterday. In my review of the first book, I mentioned how Sophie and Grace remind me of my co
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, middle-grade
Sophie and Grace are back in this sequel to The Wig in the Window! This time around, they're working at a knockoff Tournament of Roses parade when the well-liked festival president turns up dead - on one of the floats! With so many of the townspeople ripe with motive, how will they find out whodunit this time? Could it be the festival vice-president, longing for his chance to be in the spotlight? Or the mother of the girl who didn't get nominated for Festival Queen? Whoever it is, Sophie and Gra ...more
Mark Baker
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like most teens in Luna Vista, Sophie Young and Grace Yang are working on the floats for the upcoming Winter Sun Festival. This is the 125th anniversary of the parade, and the town wants to make an especially good impression. Sadly, the work is interrupted one day when the festival president is found dead on one of the floats. Certain it wasn’t the accident the police think it is, Sophie and Grace begin to investigate. But when their pool of suspects could also be the next victim, can they solve ...more
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Wendy MacKnight
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
Sophie and Grace are back! This time, they're trying to solve the mystery of who's killed the beloved organizer of the annual Winter Sun Festival and its epic parade. Add in lots of suspects, some tension between our heroines, who don't seem to be on the same page anymore, and you have a great story. No surprise Kittscher does an amazing job on the details - she's from Pasadena after all - but even more importantly, she really gets into the heads of her characters, showing the inner lives of mid ...more
Jennifer Alvarez
A perfect tween mystery with heart! I loved this book and, even as an adult, I related to the young characters. The mystery is smartly told and will keep you guessing. The friendships and characters feel real. I went through some of the same tensions with my friends when I was that age. This book addresses tween stress while managing to remain encouraging and positive. The book is also exciting! Sophie, Grace, and Trista face some real dangers as they try to catch the killer.

Readers will fall i
Michelle Simpson
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sophie and Grace are back, and wouldn't you know they'd run into another mystery! Some strange and scary things are going on as they prepare for their community's Winter Sun Festival, and they are determined to work with their friend Trista and get to the bottom of it!

The story provides an interesting mystery and moves quickly with lots of theories and action along the way. The characters are fantastic and make it a lot of fun for readers.
Even better than The Wig in the Window. And as much as I love Young and Yang as protagonists, I especially love all the quirky secondary characters, particularly the exaggerated way in which the audiobook narrator voices these characters. Overall a highly entertaining middle grade mystery. I would love to see Young and Yang as the stars of their own TV series someday. :)
Michele Knott
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, mystery
Love this second mystery by Kristen Kittscher, featuring Young and Yang. Mystery, suspense, action and most of all, fun.
Great second novel for Kittscher.
Jennie Koh
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Young and Grace Yang have been taking it easy ever since they solved the biggest crime Luna Vista had ever seen. But things might get interesting again now that everyone is gearing up for the 125th annual Winter Sun Festival—a town tradition that involves floats, a parade, and a Royal Court made up of local high school girls.

When Festival president Jim Steptoe turns up dead on the first day of parade preparations, the police blame a malfunctioning giant s'more feature on the campfire-them
Colette Murphy
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't recall reading much "middle grade" in my life, even when I was in the right age group. The classics, I suppose, like Roald Dahl, and The Baby-sitter's Club & Goosebumps series, but I definitely haven't ventures into it recently. After seeing Kristen Kittscher present on a panel at a Writing Conference, though, I decided to venture into the genre in order to read this book of hers.

I adored it! Young & Yang (& Bottoms) are interesting, compelling tween characters. I loved trying to solve
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It pains me to DNF this book. I waited years for this book. I enjoyed the first one. I tried 3 different times to read this but finally I can not get past page 160. I had a hard time keeping track of the faces for all the characters or what had happened to them. Who was it who was murdered again? What relationship did this person have with another? Also I was expecting cooky fun times. Eh...not so much. No actual detecting took place until around page 150. Instead I got constant inner monologues ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I almost gave up on this book... at the beginning, the story smacked of two middle school friends breaking up (one ditching the other for the popular crowd) and I just didn’t want to read about that. Thankfully I stuck with the book and I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t happen. The mystery was a good one with lots of suspects, motives, and clues that only came together at the end. All in all, a solid middle grade mystery.
Kristina Marie
2.5. I liked the mystery in this one better than in the first, but I am still not sure who the author’s audience is. Some scenes are a bit much. Other than that, I liked seeing more Trista.

Amanda Philipson did a good job narrating again.
Rose Eilish
This one wasn't as good as the original, I guess because it the plot didn't take place is something everyone can relate to. The first book's plot took place at a school, but this one was a parade maker place. It isn't a bad book at all though. ...more
Tommy Phillips
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming story

A fun and exciting story with a surprise outcome that made even myself a bit shocked. Overall, a good read and I highly recommend it.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some laugh out loud moments with Young and Yang and Trista involved in a mystery
NicoleLynn (PopCrunchBoom)
This review previously appeared on my blog, PopCrunchBoom Books

The Tiara on the Terrace by Kristen Kittscher follows Sophie Young and Grace Yang–two best friends who’ve just recently finished solving Luna Vista’s biggest crime. Now the two are trying to enjoy the upcoming Winter Sun Festival activities, that is until they come across another crime mystery! Young and Yang team up again to try and solve the latest mystery to hit Luna Vista–the murder of Festival president Jim Steptoe. In order to
Katie Fitzgerald
The town of Luna Vista is hoping for a peaceful return to normalcy after two twelve-year-old detectives, Grace Yang and Sophie Young, discovered a fugitive working at the local middle school. Unfortunately, as preparations get underway for the annual Winter Sun Festival, another crime is uncovered - this time, it’s the murder of festival president Jim Steptoe, whose body is found on a partially finished parade float. Though Grace has expressed her desire to stop solving crime, Sophie, along with ...more
The Tiara on the Terrace is a delightful follow up to the charming middle grade mystery, The Wig in the Window. Tiara follows the exploits of best friends Sophie Young and Grace Young who enjoy spy games and recently became town heroes when they captured a killer in their idyllic hometown of Luna Vista. Young and Yang are content to stay away from too much excitement for a while when a mystery falls right into their laps. The president of the Winter Sun Festival, the biggest and most revered ann ...more
Sophie and her best friend Grace, along with engineering expert Trista, have already solved one major (murder?) mystery in Luna Vista, and now they have another on their hands. The town is going nuts prepping for their Winter Sun Festival, with its flower-covered floats in the big parade, and the Royal Court of princesses and pages. Sophie and Grace are decorating floats when the head of the festival is discovered dead, by means of an animatronic s'more on the Girl Scout float. To solve the murd ...more
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As someone who lives near the Tournament of Roses (and its famous Rose Parade), I was excited to see a book set during a fictional version of the event (doubly so once I realized some of our local bookstores were carrying the book ahead of its official publication date).

And, well, the idea of a body being discovered on a float tickled me. I’ve seen enough floats under construction to appreciate both the weirdness and awesomeness of staging a murder in this way. And Young and Yang on the case? So
Penny McGill
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-older-kids
Simply splendid. Second book in the series (I'll get back to the first sometime - maybe I'll save it for a day when I need to be cheered and want to visit this world again) but it's easy peasy to get to know these 3 girls very quickly here. They are known as local heroes from saving the day in their last book but this one finds them busily at work in the 'parade barn' as they happen to live in a town that is based on Pasadena, the home of the very fabulous Rose Bowl Parade, but this town has a d ...more
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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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