Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: the Mystery of the Missing Everything

The Mystery of the Missing Everything

The Mystery of the Missing Everything

By Ben H. Winters

Blurb: There has been a shocking crime at Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School.

In a glass case in the front hall, a trophy--the trophy, the first trophy ever won in the school's lackluster competitive history--has been stolen.

Even more horrifying, an outraged Principal Van Vreeland has canceled everything fun until the trophy is back, including the eighth graders' long-awaited, once-in-a-lifetime field trip to Taproot Valley. Rock climbing, ropes courses, ecology hikes, s'mores . . . all gone!

Luckily, Bethesda Fielding is on the case. As self-appointed sleuth extraordinaire, Bethesda's confident she'll be able to track down the culprit in no time and save her class trip! Except it seems like the more she searches for answers, the more mysteries she reveals. . . . Can Bethesda solve this baffling mystery--or are the eighth graders doomed for a Week of a Thousand Quizzes instead?
Genres: Juvenile, Humor, Mystery
Published: September 1, 2011
Series: This is a sequel to the Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman
My Rating: 4 stars
I'll admit that when I started reading this, I was expecting to give it a two star rating. That is because the beginning of this book is...bizarre. It couldn't quite be considered a quirky book. The beginning was just unexplainably weird.

First, what I didn't like: (When you are reading this, keep in mind that I DID like this book. There will most likely be a rant!) It is basically summed up in this phrase: the Disney Channel original movie principal, Ms. Van Vreeland. Anyone who has watched one of these movies (excluding HSM and Geek Charming, which were surprisingly amazing) knows what I am talking about. Teachers and principals are made out to be complete imbeciles, with a dash of evil. Well, that is what Van Vreeland was in this book.

First, she is screaming at the kids because someone stole the school's ONLY trophy. Then, she cancels the eighth grade trip to Taproot Valley until the thief is found. Her nasty temper shows up a lot in the book after this meeting, as well.

And the stupidity: First, her speech to the kids mentioned above makes her sound moronic. After that, she is randomly going up to people and asking, 'Did you steal my trophy?' And lastly, she refuses to admit she is wrong to the point of having a faculty meeting at three in the morning because she wrote 'a.m.' instead of 'p.m'.

I HATE when teachers are made out like this. Let's be honest, here; no matter what you thought of your teacher, they most likely were very influential in your life. I, personally, have had more good teachers then bad. And even the bad ones were not as awful as Ms. Van Vreeland.

Remember, though, I gave this book 4 stars. Here is the reason: the mystery was super entertaining!

It will be pretty much impossible to guess the full mystery. You may get bits and pieces, but trust me; you will not be able to figure out the whole thing. The ending was perfect!

Also, each character manages to be interesting in their own way. That is no small feat when you are writing about a whole eighth grade class.

The last reason is that I was able to follow along without a problem, even though this was a sequel to the Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman, a book I have yet to read. I didn't realize this WAS a sequel until I was halfway through the book!

I would recommend this to mystery lovers, and people who love quirky books. It was a really enjoyable book!


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