Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Emily Calandrelli with Tamson Weston
Illustrator: Renee Kurilla
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Ada has just moved to a new neighborhood, Juniper Garden, and with her broken leg, she’s pretty much stuck in her room. Her mom leaves for a business trip and she is left staring out the window writing in her field guide. Thankfully, she quickly becomes friends with a neighbor girl, Nina, who becomes her detective partner when Ms. Reed’s dog goes missing. Using cameras to spy on neighbors, they eventually find out that the dog wasn’t missing after all; in fact, one of their prime suspects was just borrowing her to be a model for his robot dog companion. All is right in the Juniper Garden ecosystem after all.
Ada Lace on the Case is a cute chapter book that is perfect for upper-elementary readers. Relatable to kids who have just moved in, this story will give them hope that friends are just around the corner and that it will only get better as they get to know their new home. The characters are unique and fun, and experience real-life children’s struggles mixed in with an out-of-the-ordinary plotline. The scientific words mentioned are used properly, with enough context to explain them. In addition, the author includes a short appendix of the scientific ideas, supporting them with research and a more thorough explanation. Fun and informational, kids are sure to be a fan of the Ada Lace books!