Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Marcia Wells
Illustrator: Marcos Calo
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Eddie has a photographic memory, and he can draw sketches of the people he sees with detailed accuracy. This comes to the attention of the police, who are trying to solve a case concerning art thieves. They use Eddie to watch in a museum for the art thieves. Eddie and his friend Jonah dig into the case, working on solving the puzzle themselves. They come up with a theory, which the detective assigned to work with Eddie does not want to listen to. Eddie gets into various scrapes as he tries to work on the case himself. In the end, Eddie and Jonah figure out the riddle and lead the police to the correct solution. Unfortunately, this comes with a close call with disaster.
This book is well-written and fast paced. The premise of the book, that the police would enlist the aid of a young kid, is not believable in real life, but it comes about logically in the story. The overall message is to keep thinking and trying until able to solve a problem. This is a modern Hardy Boys-type mystery. It is appealing to kids and exciting without being scary or graphic, and would be an appropriate book in schoolrooms. The characters are believable, although most crooks would probably not hesitate to hurt whoever gets in their way. Luckily in this case, the leader of the gang does not know about Eddie, so he is somewhat protected. The cover of the book is appealing, especially to children. The size of the font makes it easy to read, and the illustrations help to visualize the story.