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Case of the Missing Moonstone (edición 2016)

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"Imagines an alternate 1826 London, where Ada Lovelace (the world's first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects"--
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The Case of the Missing Moonstone por Jordan Stratford

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This book is one of the most fun depictions of a genius kid (Ada Byron, aka Ada Lovelace). She's quite a character--completely clueless about social interaction, and yet ten steps ahead of everybody else. This author has a gift for writing hilarious banter and situations.

It's an interesting plus that these characters are at least vaguely historical (the back of the book has a fascinating section explaining where the idea of Percy, Mary, Ada, Charles, etc. come from). They weren't all together historically like this, but the fact that they were real people and many of them did at least have some real connection to each other added a bit to the charm of the story.

But despite its historical semi-plausibility, Ada is an over-the-top character who is impossible to take seriously, so the book puts itself firmly in the tongue-in-cheek story genre. Given that, I'm not sure why I was so bothered by the conclusion where something very unlikely happens with Ada's balloon. (That shouldn't be a spoiler; you knew when the story opened with a big balloon that something had to happen to it, and you probably also looked at the picture on the cover.)

As a detective story, it's not very sophisticated. I'm pretty sure if you know what "mesmerism" is you'd figure who did it and how long before Ada did. (Also, how does a pendant "have the property of mesmerism"? This is clearly not a hard-nosed detective story.) But I didn't enjoy this because it was a detective story; I enjoyed it because of Ada (and to a lesser extent the other characters).

I first picked up this book because our girls (10 and 7) have grown fascinated by detective stories, and they loved it. Maybe they liked it better because they didn't know what "mesmerism" was going into the story, but honestly, it was a lot of fun for me and them. ( )
  garyrholt | Nov 5, 2020 |
Captivating from the beginning, this middle grade novel is mystery, historical fiction, and girl power all wrapped up together. Featuring a pair of strong female leads, this novel shows how very far we have come in the last one hundred years. Stratford has very cleverly taken two very well known women and used a little creative license to imagine what it would have been like if Ada Byron, world's first computer programmer, and Mary Godwin, author of the world's first science fiction novel, had been friends. What would they have done together? Obviously create a clandestine detective agency! The language in this novel is so lovely and the constant push against the norms of expected female behaviour of the early 1800s demonstrates how girls have the ability to be more than society dictates. A strong novel for all of your middle graders. ( )
  StephLamb | Dec 29, 2017 |
Ada and Mary, two young girls, start a detective agency in early eighteenth century London. The story is populated by notable figures from British history and literature. The story is a likeable read.
  edwardcandler | Jan 29, 2017 |
I know too much about the real people to overlook the effort to bring them together.

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  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
A quick, fun mystery with historical characters and facts woven in. I look forward to reading more in this series.
  JLT70 | Jul 28, 2016 |
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For Xoe, and for Kane and Molly and Fern, and for Jo and Violet and Quinn and the other Violet and Ivy, and for Amelia and Lily and Savannah and Jessie and Megan, and for Sophia and Stella and Flora, and for Mimi and Beatarix and every brave and clever and curious girl who lent a word or gesture or look to these characters. I'm counting on you, kiddos.
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Preface: This is a made-up story about two very real girls: Ada Byron, who has been called the world's first computer programmer, and Mary Shelley, the world's first science fiction author. Ada and Mary didn't really know one another, nor did they have a detective agency together. Mary and Ada were eighteen years apart in age, not three, as they are in the world of Wollstonecraft.
Setting that aside, the characters themselves are as true to history as we are able to tell. At the end of the book, there are notes that reveal more aobut what happened to each of them in real life, so that you can enjoy the history as much as I hope you'll enjoy the story. Because the history bit is brilliant. -Jordan Stratford
Chapter 1: The Ridiculous Hat: "Force ... equals ... mass ... times ... acceleration," muttered Ada as she wrote in her notebook.
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"Open the door. Please. We'd like to go in." / "Well, that very curious indeed, miss. Folks don't often ask to get in [Newgate Prison]. It's the wanting to get out that you usually hear about. / "In which case," continued Ada, "letting us in can hardly be a problem, can it?" (p. 110)
The gloom was thick, almost sticky with sorry and defeat and other unpleasantness. Mary could feel a sadness creeping into her bones. (p. 111)
"Smell that," he said. There was something magical about the smell of oiled leather, and binding glue, and fresh paper. Mary loved books, and all hers had pages that had turned ivory, wiht soft edges, lie childhood blankets. But this book was new, perfect, like an undiscovered country. (p. 138)
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