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Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  17 reviews
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler meets Merci Suarez in this smart young middle-grade mystery about a diamond gone missing from the Louvre and the sweet and spunky girl who cracks the case. Nine-year-old Julieta is finally about to put a purple pin in her family's world traveling map! She's off to Paris to help her art-handler dad collect pieces for a ne ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by Tu Books
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Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, lib2020
a fun trip to Paris, with a pleasantly smart young heroine
Sarah Sammis
As a mystery, I found the clues engaging and challenging. Julieta may be young and impetuous but she knows her stuff. She's also willing to do research when she doesn't know something. She is a sleuth in the vein of Trixie Belden. The solution to the mystery is a satisfying one, one that pulls on Julieta's expertise and should be something observant readers could solve.

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Ms. Yingling
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Julieta lives an interesting life; her parents both work for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and she has traveled a bit. When her father is required to go to the Louvre and do some work on pieces for an exhibit that is being sent to the US, Julieta is thrilled to go. Her only disappointment is that her mother won't be able to go, because she is heavily pregnant. Once in Paris, Julieta gets to see a lot of sights with Monique, and even gets to hold the Regent Diamo
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Julieta and the Diamond Enigma is a fine addition to that very specific sub-genre–middle-grade art heist mysteries. In this story, readers get to learn all about the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Louvre, French history, and Greek mythology while traveling the globe with Julieta, a spunky nine-year-old girl who loves all things art, even if she’s sometimes clumsy. It feels impossible not to fall in love with Julieta’s vibrant personality and high spirits. Readers will
Stephanie Bange
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
An engaging mystery that mixes art, history, mythology, and travel similar to Blue Balliett's four art mysteries, but for a younger audience.

Nine-year-old Julieta is prone to occasional mishaps whenever she takes on a task herself (usually at times when she should have consulted with an adult first), such as when she damaged the frame of a painting on display in the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) as she tried to straighten it up. Trouble finds Julia when she and her father Manuel, an employee at the
Victoria Whipple
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Julieta, a young Latina Bostonian, travels with her father to Paris to acquire some pieces to be displayed at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, where he works. They hope to have a quick trip, because her mother is due to give birth very soon. Unfortunately, they get caught up in a theft, causing more than just a little inconvenience. Julieta is a lively, funny, smart, sweet character, and the bonds she shares with her father and mother are beautiful. Duarte Armendariz has created a character that re ...more
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another "J" joins the ranks of Junie B. Jones and Judy Moody - nine-year-old Julietta Leal. This travel adventure/mystery is longer than books about the other two, so it is a good next step for readers moving from chapter books to middle grade fiction. This book isn't trying to be diverse; it just is because the main character is. I loved how Julietta's Mexican heritage is a natural, assumed part of the story. It didn't need to be discuss. Occasionally I did feel the story dragged, especially wh ...more
Katie Lawrence
This was a great early middle grade mystery! Loved the Spanish and French on the page. Loved spunky Julieta and her adventures. Loved all the art and mythology and travel. Great back matter about the diamond, artwork and mythology featured in the book. I'd read a whole series about Julieta and her family with mysteries to solve like this one. A nice, not too scary, but fast paced mystery for readers who are new to the genre. Julieta is Mexican American and bilingual, supporting characters are di ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, owned, middle-grade
A completely charming mystery for young readers with a delightful, spunky protagonist. Julieta rocks!
Carrie (123*)
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
Cute story about a Greek mythology loving girl who is always getting into trouble.
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-riot-2021
This was a fun middle grade mystery, if a bit simple. I liked the art history details.
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Mar 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, read-alouds
I would put this in my classroom library or use it as a read aloud. The story, I think , my kids would like. I personally thought it was just okay.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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What a sweet and fun mystery! One of my very favorite parts was when Julieta would tell people to pronounce her name with an owl's hoot--iconic! ...more
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Josie Dallam
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Art heist meets Greek Mythology? Say no more! This is a heartwarming young middle grade novel about a lovably excitable nine year old. The writing style reminded me of the internal narration I used to do, imagining I was the main character of some book, and immediately opened my heart to Julieta. The entire time I was thinking how obsessed my best friend and I would have been with this book if we had read it in fourth grade during our Greek Mythology phase. It made me miss being able to go to ar ...more
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Luisana Duarte Armendáriz is a children’s book author that hails from Ciudad Juárez, México, the most fabulous and beautiful border city in the world (Juan Gabriel’s words, not hers). She holds a dual master’s degree in Children’s Literature and Writing for Children from Simmons College.

Luisana has had a love affair with literature since she was a little girl. She loved going to the libraries in E

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