Sarah Rubin

Alice Jones

Alice is back to solve another mystery- this time in the theatre where her sister is performing.

Spending the summer helping her mother and sister at the Beryl Theatre isn't Alice's first choice of things to do-there's a copy of Fermat's Last Theorum that needs reading for a start. But things get interesting as odd accidents start to happen and there is talk of a ghost haunting the show. Ever logical Alice doesn't believe in such things and, with the aid of Kevin, sets out to solve the case.

As she investigates, Alice finds out more about another unsolved mystery connected with the theatre, a missing diamond called The Midnight Star. But is it a ghost or someone living that is causing the problems at the Beryl?

Every bit as enjoyable as the first book, The Ghost Light offers mystery, excitement and adventure. Alice continues to be a great heroine- intelligent and individual- leaping into action when the need arises. Using logic and clean thinking, she works her way through the clues and the evidence until she reaches the final conclusion- taking the reader with her every step of the way.

Alice makes an excellent 'role model' for girls- she is independent, has her own interests and faces her fears- but this is not a book 'for girls'. The plot and characters are strong and engaging. appealing to everyone. Kevin, Alice's friend, continues to charm his way across the pages and I really like the fact that such different characters are shown to be such good friends.

You don't have to have read the first Alice Jones book (The Impossible Clue) to enjoy this one, but you'll want to by the time you have finished The Ghost Light. I can't wait to see what Alice gets up to next!

One of my guided reading groups has been reading 'The Impossible Clue'- and they love it! They enjoy the humour, the characters and the action! As one said, 'It's so good!'

Alice Jones: The Ghost Light by Sarah Rubin

Chicken House     ISBN: 978-1910002865

It's a Mystery!

Yesterday, I went to see Katherine Woodfine and Sarah Rubin in the Little Big Top at the Cheltenham Festival. It was an excellent event- really interesting!

Katherine Woodfine is the author of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow (long listed for 2015 NSTBA Quality Fiction- review on bookshelf) and The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth. Set in Sinclair's Department Store, these books introduce us to Sophie and her friends, Lil, Billy and Jo. The books are pacey and exciting, giving us a glimpse of life in Edwardian England.

Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue (long listed for the 2016 NSTBA Moving On category- review on bookshelf), on the other hand, is set in modern America. Maths whizz Alice already has a reputation for cracking mini-mysteries when she has to explain the disappearance of a scientist. Wonderful characters leap off the page and you are kept on edge to the very end!

These two intelligent, skillful authors made an excellent pairing for the event. Sarah spoke of her love of maths and how she sees mysteries as being like maths problems whilst Katherine talked about the historical background to her second story. Each listened carefully to what the other had to say and the conversation flowed beautifully-and passed all too quickly!

Both ladies have new books out soon. Alice Jones will reappear in The Ghost Light  and Sophie and Lil will return in The Mystery of the Painted Dragon. I can't wait for them to come out!

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!