Book Review: The Maypop Kidnapping by C. M. Surrisi

Quinnie Boyd’s teacher, Ms. Stillford, has gone missing and Quinnie is convinced it’s a kidnapping. Mom is Maiden Rock’s town sheriff (and the postal worker and the realtor — it’s that kind of small town) and quite possibly the more reasonable of the two of them. Mom’s pretty sure Ms. Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 9.57.30 AMStillford left of her own volition, even though she doesn’t yet have an explanation for it. But Quinnie’s just not so sure. Breaking in to Ms. Stillford’s place in search of answers is just the beginning of this delightful middle grade whodunit. Has Ms. Stillford skipped out of town? Or could she be just under their nose? And if so, who nabbed her?

C. M. Surrisi has a knack for storytelling. Quinnie, her crush Ben, and her new maybe friend Ella are a delight, and Maiden Rock? Well, let’s just say I’m seriously disappointed that Maiden Rock is only a fictional coastal Maine community. Otherwise, I’d be pulling a Stillford and driving up to Maine for some lobster fries. (In case you thought that was a spoiler alert, it isn’t. She also is not stuck in a waiting line for those hard-to-get L.L. Bean boots either.)

Readers should be pleased to know there’s at least one more Quinnie Boyd book in the works! Until then, I guess I’ll just have to dream about lobster fries and try my hardest to not be super skeptical of everyone I see. You can never be too suspicious!

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