Vanishing Acts Paperback – 9 October 2012
- Paperback : 169 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061885584
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061885587
- Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.27 x 19.69 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Reprint Edition (9 October 2012)
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Language: : English
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About the Author
Phillip Margolin has written nineteen novels, many of them New York Times bestsellers, including his latest novels Woman with a Gun, Worthy Brown's Daughter, Sleight of Hand, and the Washington trilogy. Each displays a unique, compelling insider's view of criminal behavior, which comes from his long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled thirty murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon.
Phillip Margolin has written more than a dozen New York Times bestselling mysteries for adults, including Gone, But Not Forgotten; Executive Privilege; and Wild Justice. With Vanishing Acts, he is achieving two new firsts--his first book for young readers and his first book with his daughter, Ami Margolin Rome.
Ami Margolin Rome works in education philanthropy and is a former Peace Corps volunteer. Like Madison, Ami grew up in Portland, Oregon, with a criminal defense attorney for a father. She still lives in Portland today, near her father.
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Meanwhile, her dad is hired to defend the husband of Madison’s second-grade teacher against a charge of murder. Coincidental? A bit of a stretch in some of Madison’s actions? Sure, but this story is engaging, the kids and their voices are real and the plot moves along smartly. It’s easy to see that the senior member of this writing team paid close attention to the advice of his daughter.
Not only does Madison enlist a new school friend named Jake to help her solve her dad’s latest case, she figures out how to learn what has happened to her best bud, Ann. There’s sufficient tension, the kids don’t stray too far into dangerous territory and the writing is excellent.
I enjoyed the story and the action and although readers should note that it’s not a lengthy novel, it is well worth the price and an afternoon’s reading.