Jolly Foul Play has kept its title for its American edition, which I’m very pleased about. It’s publishing on April 17th from Simon and Schuster, and you can pre-order it from Amazon.com. It’s got another gorgeous cover from Elizabeth Baddeley – I love the way she illustrates Daisy and Hazel!
It’s also been given a wonderful review by the School Library Journal. Their reviewer Katherine Barr says:
For the first time since the “Wells & Wong” series debut, sleuths Daisy and Hazel are back at Deepdean School with friends Beanie, Kitty, and Lavinia in 1935: their ninth-grade year. During the Guy Fawkes Day bonfire at school, the Detective Society encounters their newest case: Head Girl Elizabeth has been killed, and the only possible suspects are her five closest friends… As in prior installments in the series, Steven’s storytelling and suspense-building are top-notch… The fast-changing nature of friendship between girls is a constant theme throughout; the gossipy secrets Elizabeth uses to blackmail other students and Daisy’s insecurity when Hazel shows interest in a boy are prime examples. This realistic depiction of student life may make the 1935 setting a little more relatable for readers, while also providing appeal to an older audience than previous books.
VERDICT An appropriately complex depiction of adolescent friendship gives this well-crafted mystery appeal beyond its genre alone.–Katherine Barr, Cameron Village Regional Library, Raleigh, NC
I’m really delighted – what a great review!