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category: Children's Fiction
published: Oct 2016
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.

West Meadows Detectives: The Case of Maker Mischief

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Aurélie Grand

tagged: mysteries & detective stories, robots, school & education, special needs

Myron, the third-grade detective who loves logic, facts, and solving mysteries, gets the chance to crack another case when he finds out his classmate Jordan’s robot has been stolen. Jordan and tech-savvy Danielle, known as “Glitch,” had been working on it for weeks for the upcoming Maker Faire Robot Maze Challenge.

Together with his detective partner, the hyper-energetic Hajrah, Myron pins down two suspects: Sarah “Smasher” McGintley, the school bully, and Lionel Amar, another robot builder who was caught with Jordan and Glitch’s plans. But after investigating the case further, they find out the thief is someone entirely unexpected.

Myron’s unique perspective from the autism spectrum and his eye for detail make him a top-notch sleuth. Similarly, the other neurodiverse kids in his resource room demonstrate creative problem solving and unique talents that come in handy for the case.

Black-and-white spot illustrations accompany the text in this fun and accessible page-turner for independent readers. With a connection to STEAM and the maker movement, this book is an exciting next installment in the West Meadows Detectives series.

About the Authors

Liam O'Donnell is an author and educator who has created over forty books and graphic novels for young readers, including the Max Finder Mystery, Graphic Guide Adventure and West Meadows Detectives series. He was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Liam lives in London, Ontario.

AURÉLIE GRAND graduated from Capilano University in British Columbia and now works as an illustrator in Montreal, Quebec.
Contributor Notes

LIAM O’DONNELL is an award-winning author and educator who has created over 40 graphic novels and books for reluctant readers. He lives in London, Ontario.

AURÉLIE GRAND graduated from Capilano University in British Columbia and now works as an illustrator in Montreal, Quebec.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
7 to 10
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Editorial Reviews

"Readers will enjoy following Myron's developing, appealing voice as much as they do following clues."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Suspenseful...intriguing...a superb tool to teach students to make predictions as they read. ...This gripping chapter book with a surprise ending is one that children will not want to put down. Recommended."

— Canadian Review of Materials

"The cast of characters is diverse and realistic, depicted with nuance and individuality."

— Booklist

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West Meadows Detectives: The Case of Maker Mischief

Myron Matthews, a young boy with autism, and his good friend Hajrah, become junior detectives, determined to solve the case of the missing Robson the Robot. Through their adventures, readers will learn about the importance of cooperation, collaboration and problem-solving. Reading about protagonist Myron will also help young readers learn understanding for and acceptance of those with special needs.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Diversity Collection Selection 2017.

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