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Raising Arcadia

(Raising Arcadia #1)

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Arcadia Greentree knows she isn’t exactly normal. But then she discovers she isn’t Arcadia Greentree either.

Arcadia sees the world like no one else. Exceptionally observant, the sixteen-year-old is aware of her surroundings in a way that sometimes gets her into trouble — and out of it again. But when she seeks to unravel a mystery at school, a tragedy at home forces her to
Paperback, First Edition, 240 pages
Published May 2016 by Marshall Cavendish Editions
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Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An intricately thought-out book with clever plot twists and unusual character relationships. It was perfectly strange. One thing I would say would be that it was slightly far-fetched, realistic fiction that wasn't very realistic. ...more
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Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I actually quite enjoyed this! Mystery-type novels aren't really my forte, but this has captured my attention. I look forward to reading the next one in the series!

Actual rating: 3.5 stars.
Alyssa Woo
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raising Arcadia reminds me greatly of reading the Sherlock Holmes series, especially the younger Sherlock Holmes published after the death of Arthur Conan Doyle.
I would actually disagree that she's 'Harry Potter without a wand; Katniss Everdeen without a quiver'. I would say that Arcadia is more than that. Arcadia is a remarkably observant child and she's very intelligent. However, unlike most current female protagonists in Young Adult literature, she's not violent. She will fight to defend hers
Very good read. Fast paced and unique. First book in a trilogy. Looking forward to the remaining two books. Arcadia Greentree is the next big thing in sleuthing. Mystery fans will love this book and the clues/puzzles are fresh and intelligent.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone 13 and up
Amazing. Raising Arcadia is such a strong and powerful mystery that has you intrigued from the very first page. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clever, fun, quick-witted and lively. I grew very attached to Arcadia and her peculiarities. Surprising twists and sudden sober turns make this an unusual young adult read.
Amanda Belle-Nojonen
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Arcadia is my kind of character.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Almost 4 stars from me. Arcadia is a "different" 16 year old, that is apparent right from the start. She attends an exclusive boarding school in England and has very strong ideas about what she should spend her time on and what is a complete waste of time for her (that includes several subjects and sections of the curriculum), much to the frustration of some of her teachers. She has a superior mind and notices the finest of details and can therefore make brilliant deductions (Sherlock Holmes-lik ...more
Altynay Elizabeth
May 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
A book that leaves you with more questions than answers. I picked up this book thinking it was a murder mystery, only to figure out that the murder took place within the last twenty pages, and is solved almost immediately. Arcadia is “not like other girls,” going to a predominantly male school, and having an interest in codes, tabaco, and death. Arcadia also appears to be savant coded, from the puzzle piece book cover design, to her intense fixation on tabaco, odd social skills, and her prowess ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this in exchange for a review.

I really enjoyed this! This is the story of a teen girl, possibly with Aspberger's or something similar, who finds herself in trouble, and must use her extreme intellect to find her way out. She is so likable, and I found that I really cared about her. It was a quick read, and easy enough for teens, but not too easy for adults.

I am looking forward to completing the series.
Roger Jenkins
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I narrated the audiobook for Storytel and I loved doing it, although representing some of the visual puzzles was a challenge. It's an an excellent piece of young adult fiction that will also appeal to adults. It's well written with a challenging vocabulary,. The heroine is a teenager with Sherlockian powers of deduction and social interaction issues from being so perceptive and honest. The trilogy is well paced and I didn't see the end coming. ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
such a good book, really makes you think
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Oct 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens
Keeps you on the edge of your seat as you try to solve the mystery with Arcadia. Some events were expected, but other than that, great book! Nonetheless, I'm unsure if I liked the story enough to continue on with this series. ...more
Lou Rocama
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first of these is pretty good. The second's okay. The third one gets weird. ...more
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Simon Chesterman is a Professor and Dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. Educated in Melbourne, Beijing, and Oxford, he has lived and worked for the past decade in Singapore. Simon is the author or editor of eighteen books, including “One Nation Under Surveillance”, “Just War or Just Peace?” and “You, The People”. He is also the author of the young adult trilogy: “Raising A ...more

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