Go sleuthing with ‘16'


Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 4:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 4:34 p.m.

Sometimes, you have a good nose for trouble.

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"Sweet 16 to Life" by Kimberly Reid. (Special to the Guardian)

One deep breath and you can practically smell mayhem. It's almost like a perfume you can't resist, a whiff of rebellion, and when that happens — when danger floats in the air — well, what can you do? You have to give in. You must follow it.

But what if that smell is something else? What if it's smoke or the scent of blood? In the new book, "Sweet 16 to Life" by Kimberly Reid, somebody needs to pay attention and keep her nose clean.

With just days to go, amateur detective Chanti Evans hoped her 16th birthday would be memorable. She dreamed of holding the arm of a special someone while wearing the gorgeous dress that hung on the back of her bedroom door.

Unfortunately, that wasn't anywhere near reality. Marcus had recently broken up with Chanti because his parents thought she was dangerous.

Author Kimberly Reid's main character, Chanti, is like Nancy Drew in the ‘hood: same savvy sleuthing, but with the bite of modern realism and a good amount of humor. There's keen danger depicted here, but no profanity. Teen PIs will find a fun, not-so-easily-solved mystery but no hard-core violence. That makes this a perfect whodunit for readers ages 12 to 17.

This book is part of a series, so you will probably be happier if you get up-to-speed by grabbing one of the earlier installments first. Once you do, then "Sweet 16 to Life" is a great book to have your nose in.

Terri Schlichenmeyer never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 11,000 books.

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