Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue

Longlisted for the North Somerset Teachers' Book Award Moving On Category

Book Title: Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue

Author: Sarah Rubin

Publishers: Chicken House

ISBN: 9781910002865

I love Alice Jones; she is a cross between a modern (and very young) Miss Marple and Philip Marlowe – just my kind of book!

Super Maths brain Alice clearly gets mixed up in many a mystery and her latest one involves Dr Learner, an eminent scientist who has reportedly invented an invisibility suit. Unfortunately, he has disappeared, and Alice is roped into finding him, along with her ‘friends’ Kevin and Sammy.

The plot races along and I have to admit to staying awake until well past midnight in order to find out ‘who dunnit’. The book is full of humour and touching family scenes as Alice and her twin sister Della are reunited after their parents’ split forced them to live in different towns. It explores relationships, friendship and loyalty as the youngsters hurtle towards the finale.

Alice is a refreshingly original character who will appeal to both boys and girls. She thrives on using her brain and using logical reasoning. Relationships on all their forms are key to the story - perfect for those children at the 'moving on' stage!

A must read for children in years 5-8, as well as adults!