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Discover Summer McPhee and Ocracoke Island

Updated on May 30, 2014

Summer McPhee of Ocracoke Island has landed on my list of favorite "female detectives"! (even though she is a kid)

In Kilroy was here!, Summer, who just happens to be 12 years old, uses her wits to solve a mystery that is throwing her entire school in to a tizzy. The computers have a mysterious virus that has locked up every device in the building and no one, not even the school technology expert, can figure out who put it there.

In her quest to help out her school, our lead detective puts many pieces together to solve the puzzle. Some of those pieces come from her own interests and her friends. For example, Summer discovers that the origin of the phrase "Kilroy was here!" has some very real history. How does she find this history? By using her internet searching skills learned because she is interested in genealogy.

In fact, I learned a lot from reading this book. I absolutely loved finding out about ancestry.com (I had originally called the website genealogy.com, and a reader kindly informed me of my error. Thanks!) and seeing the steps that Summer used to help solve the mystery of the computer virus.

I cannot wait to talk to my grandchildren about this short novel. There are so many common life issues that are covered in this book. Bullying is one of them. Looking beyond physical appearance is another. For example, just because someone is in a wheel chair, does not mean that their other body parts do not work. Yes, there is a character in this short novel that is handicapped physically, but not mentally! So, don't push them around. (pardon the pun)

Do not hesitate to get your school aged readers hooked on this book and the entire Summer McPhee series. The author also has another series that features "Quinn Higgins, Boy Detective"!

The best thing about these books? You can read them and find joy in spending time in a young person's life. I can foresee lots of great conversations with my grand-daughters as a result of buying them this "mystery".

Put these mysteries on your "books for kids" list:

If you need more reading ideas for kids or if you wish to review book for children, visit Solve a Mystery: Books for Kids to read and review.

I can already tell that I will definitely spend my book money on these mysteries for my grandchildren. Being a mystery genre reader, I will enjoy introducing them to the joys of reading through the Summer McPhee series by Douglas Quinn.

Keep your eyes peeled for Summer McPhee!

Just imagine living on Ocrakoke Island all year long. One of Summer's hobbies is collecting rubbings from the tombstones in the island's cemeteries. She is creating a collection so she can write a book! The videos below will allow you to see what she does.

Enjoy the videos so you can relate to Kilroy was Here!

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      obxwriter 3 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks for your comment. Should you purchase and read (or the recipient of your gift reads), I always enjoy and appreicate feedback. I've had many reviews by children readers and look forward to hearing their thoughts, too. Best, Douglas Quinn (www.obxwriter.webs.com).

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @Ruthi: Thanks, Ruthi!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      This is an excellent review! It really does sound like a great book that anyone would enjoy reading. I have several nieces that I purchase books for as gifts. This will definitely be in the next gift box to them

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      This book review is now featured on the Review This! blog: https://hubpages.com/literature/discover-summer-mc...

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      obxwriter 3 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: I actually called it Ancestors.com in the book, although it IS actually Ancestry.com. I also do research for my family history and use Ancestry.com quite a lot. -- DQ

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @obxwriter: Thanks!

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      obxwriter 3 years ago

      @hoskingpoet: It actually is Ancestry.com, but in the book I call it Ancestors.com. Also I have a good friend who has been wheelchair bound since childhood and try to reflect with many of my characters some of the problems she's had growing up. Also see my Webb Sawyer mystery Blue Heron Marsh and the upcoming 2015 release of Egret's Cove. Jimmy Wade will be a continuing character in the Summer McPhee books..

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @obxwriter: I plan on sharing more of your books with my grands in the future. Thank you and I am humbled.

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @hoskingpoet: Thanks! I'll go correct my mistake right now! I thought the way Summer allowed the relationship with Jimmy develop was so inspiring.

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      hoskingpoet 3 years ago

      It's ancestry.com actually. I, too, loved reading this book because I have CP like Jimmy and found Douglas made his character quite realistic.

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      obxwriter 3 years ago

      Thanks to Ruth Cox for alerting me to this review. There is nothing better than an unsolicited, spontaneous review from a satistifed reader and I love it when someone "gets" what I'm putting out there. I was just telling someone earlier today how much I like the Summer McPhee character and how I hope this and the other children's books I write will encourage children to be kind to others, stand up against bullies, think out of the box, and to do things with their time that is not only fun, but useful for their understanding of their word and the world of other diverse peoples and cultures. I am thrilled you enjoyed the book and hope you'll read the others in this series and maybe even try the Quinn Higgins: Boy Detective books. -- Douglas Quinn

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Mickie, I am smiling, knowing I didn't steer you wrong in my mystery book for kids recommendation! I am delighted to see you enjoy Summer McPhee as much as me! I will, of course, be promoting this review via Ruthi Reads Books For Kids on Squidoo, Facebook, Twitter, and many other social sites!