The Case of the Missing Moonstone

History, mystery, and science collide in a new series for middle grade readers, perfect for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society and Lemony Snicket Jordan Stratford imagines an alternate 1826, where Ada Lovelace the world s first computer programmer and Mary Shelley author of Frankenstein meet as girls and form a secret detective agency Lady Ada Byron, age elevHistory, mystery, and science collide in a new series for middle grade readers, perfect for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society and Lemony Snicket Jordan Stratford imagines an alternate 1826, where Ada Lovelace the world s first computer programmer and Mary Shelley author of Frankenstein meet as girls and form a secret detective agency Lady Ada Byron, age eleven, is a genius Isolated, awkward and a bit rude but a genius Mary Godwin, age fourteen, is a romantic Adventurous, astute, and kind, Mary is to become Ada s first true friend And together, the girls conspire to form the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency a secret constabulary for the apprehension of clever criminals Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects But it s no match for the deductive powers and bold hearts of Ada and Mary Mystery fans will love this tween girl riff on Sherlock Holmes and John Watson History buffs will be delighted to see all the real figures who play a role in this story and appreciate the extensive backmatter that helps separate truth from fiction Parents and educators hoping to promote the STEM fields for girls will be thrilled to have a series where two girls use math, science, and creative analytical thinking to solve crimes But most espicially emerging readers will love this series filled with humor, action, intrigue and wonderful artwork from Kelly Murphy.From the Hardcover edition.
The Case of the Missing Moonstone History mystery and science collide in a new series for middle grade readers perfect for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society and Lemony Snicket Jordan Stratford imagines an alternate wher

  • Title: The Case of the Missing Moonstone
  • Author: Jordan Stratford Kelly Murphy
  • ISBN: 9780385754415
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Three cheers for Jordan Stratford.In this steampunk story aimed at middle readers (but delightful for adults, as well), Stratford brings together the mother of modern science fiction, Mary Shelley, and the world's first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, as girls (14 and 11, respectively). In honor of the feminist writings of Mary's late mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, the two create the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency. They use science to solve the mystery of the missing moonstone. There is so muc [...]

    2. 3 STARS!This was a hilarious and fun middle-grade mystery. It took a bit for things to get started and only being 203 pages I was expecting a high-octane thrill ride and I got that to a certain extent. It was pretty predictable as well, I do have to say that. But I still very much enjoyed it and will be checking out the second book in the series. I read this with both the audio book and the physical book and that made it an even better read. I hope to read the second book the same way because th [...]

    3. It is such a joy to read aloud to kids, especially when a book is as well written as this one. It's a fast-paced mystery that’s solved by Ada (11) and Mary (14) in classic detective style using deduction, intuition and a whole lot of serendipity. If the names seem a little familiar, you’re right. Stratford based the characters loosely on Ada Lovelace, the programmer-assistant to Charles Babbage of computing fame, and Mary Godwin (Shelley) of Frankenstein fame, whose mother was Mary Wollstone [...]

    4. A somewhat fantastical read, this book explores the concept of "What if Ada Byron Lovelace and Mary Godwin Shelley grew up together. And solved mysteries?" It was quite interesting, and stayed fairly true to what the girls might have been like, as, well, young girls. Mr. Stratford takes a bit of a Sherlockian approach to the solving of the crime, but it doesn't feel overwrought due to Ada's personality AND affinity for numbers. My only issue with the story was that the dialogue was a bit annoyin [...]

    5. I can't remember the last time I read a book this fast and with so much delight. The whole book is just a load of fun. I was absolutely taken with Ada, Mary, and their world to the point that I didn't quite want to return to this one when I had to break for such mundane things like work, food, and sleep.There's hardly a misstep in this; my only complaint is that Ada is occasionally difficult to follow. Stratford wrangles multiple POVs across the chapters easily and without any confusion.The hist [...]

    6. Please note that I received a free ARC of this book as a result of a contest in exchange for an honest review. Rating: 4.5/5Ada is a peculiar girl. Her intelligence is spectacular for her age, and the inventions that she conjures out of her own ingenuity are breathtaking. However, despite being the smartest child I have ever read about, her people skills leave little to be desired. Whatever she is thinking pops right out of her mouth even if it is rude or curt. With her late father obviously not [...]

    7. I stalled on this one. So much promise! It has so many elements I *should* love but somehow it just felt a little too ostentatious in its cleverness, perhaps? I don't know. And the tone felt a bit too modern. Maybe it was my mood. I might try it again sometime. I'm glad it's out there and getting good reviews. I didn't know anything about Ada until I read this book and that's a shame. She deserves to be better known. It's great that this book highlights kids using science and math to solve myste [...]

    8. The changes in historical timelines worry me, but the detecting team of Mary and Ada is just too wonderfully realised. A lovely book for 8-12 year olds ideally, and the illustrations are adorable.

    9. Rated G. You cannot possibly be serious. There is only so much Deus Ex Machina that I can reasonably take, and The Case of the Missing Moonstone surpasses that boundary spectacularly. I kind of want to say that it is a problem when the most interesting part of a book is the Notes section at the back. I mean, it's a cute story, but I think the main value of the book is its historical value, which is admittedly dubious. Shall we explore the Sins?Sin #1: Every historical fact/figure is obscured or [...]

    10. Every once in a while, my mood will tolerate nothing but a children’s book. Often I’ll reread a book from the golden age of literature for young people, but this week I ventured into unfamiliar territory and tried #1 in the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series, The Case of the Missing Moonstone. What a thrill! I hope I can entice everyone to read this fresh, clever, touching, and utterly delightful tale.The story begins with the meeting of two girls in 1826: Ada Byron (more widely known as [...]

    11. Initial Thoughts After Reading: Loved all the Dickens references, the nod to The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, and the fact it features all my favorite Victorian gothic / Romantic writers and notable people in history! So fun. It's like MG gothic detective fiction for beginners! I wish I had something like this growing up.Full Review: Ada finds numbers in everything. It's how she understands her world. Mary is observant and a romantic, longing for adventure. When the two girls are thrust together [...]

    12. Fourteen year old Mary Godwin and eleven year old Ada Byron are both highly clever, unique young ladiesbut that doesn’t mean they became BFFs right away. With her father dead and her mother off living in the country, Ada lives in her fancy London home with her housemaid and butler. When Ada gets a new tutor, Percy (aka Peebs), and new classmate, Mary, she is anything but excited. Ada rather hang out in her hot air balloon, invent amazing things, and conduct science experiments. But a rise in c [...]

    13. Pros: Some of the most fascinating characters of the later 1800s get together for detective hijinx. Interesting people, most noticeably Ada.Real emotions.Fun.Cons: So. Many. Plotholes!Characters at times inconsistent: most noticeably Ada. Sometimes she's completely clueless about the most basic meanings of human facial expressions, customs, and emotions. Other times she's suddenly a human-relationship-and-social-manipulations genius. The mystery has a solution and a climax that are each as crazy [...]

    14. Lady Ada Byron's father is dead, and her mother has removed herself to the country, leaving Ada to run wild with very little supervision in her London home other than the staff, and the occasional visit from Mr. Babbage. When her nanny leaves to get married "Percy B. Snagsby" (aka Peebs) shows up to give her instruction, along with Mary Godwin, whose mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died when she was young. Mary also makes the acquaintance of a well-read boy, Charles, on her daily carriage rides to [...]

    15. My two daughters (10 and 7) were a little apprehensive on this book. The historical setting and some of the vocabulary weren't things they were very familiar with. In no time, however, the kids attached themselves to the two main characters and had a fun time with the mystery! The author did a great job incorporating new words and their definitions in a way that felt natural to the characters and not forced. Often, my kids would ask what a word meant at the same time one of the characters would [...]

    16. The premise is amazing (Ada Lovelace (yes that Ada Lovelace) and Mary Wollstonecraft (yes that Mary Wollstonecraft) team up to fight crime in an alternate, somewhat-steampunk London) and the execution is very, very good.

    17. This is such a fun and clever read. I especially appreciate that the author includes historical information at the end since the author admits that he changed things to better suit the story he wanted to tell.

    18. A *very* rare (from me) 5 stars! I plowed through this book in a couple of hours, and it was spent in the spirit of sheer glee. Bravo, kind author, sir, and may I say, splendidly done. Fantastic!

    19. I love the premise of this first in a series of YA mysteries: Ada Byron (the daughter of Lord Byron) and Mary Godwin (the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft) form the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency as young girls. Ada is better known as Ada Lovelace, sometimes referred to as the world's first computer programmer and known as a brilliant mathematician, and Mary is better known as Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. The author takes slight liberties with the timeline, having the girls only 3 y [...]

    20. Wow! This book was so much fun, as well as being a well-crafted mystery story for young adults. As an older-than-young-adult adult I too enjoyed the story.I very much appreciated that Stratford including two women from history who, like too many women from history, are less well-known than their male counterparts, despite their great achievements. I thought the bending of the time continuum to allow these two women to meet as tweens/teens in this story was a clever device on Stratford's part. I [...]

    21. I'm not typically a fan of historical fiction but I actually liked this one. I really loved learning about Ada and Mary and thought it was pretty neat to see them together, even if they weren't in reality. Great role models for my daughters and I'm excited to revisit this with them in another year or so when I think they'll be old enough to enjoy it.

    22. I really enjoyed this book! It's well-written with enough paragraph breaks to make it easy to read for all ages. It has some humorous elements that can be really funny and Ada's personality is a joy to follow. 4 Stars!

    23. The idea was great - young Ada Byron & Mary Shelley start a detective agency - but the story doesn't live up to expectations.

    24. A fun story in the vein of Enola Holmes weaving history with creative re-imagining as Ada Byron (who will be Ada Lovelace) and Mary Goodwin (who will be Mary Shelley) form a clandestine detective agency. The historical notes at the end are an interesting read and explain more about the characters, book inspirations, and some of the creative license taken to form the Wollenstonecraft Detective Agency.

    25. Fabulous chapter book for young readers--and for old ones too. An introduction to eighteenth-century London life through the lives of riveting girl characters. But best of all, it's funny!

    26. Reading this with my 7-year-old was a very interesting journey. She and I have always read together, having read everything from Dr. Seuss and the Ramona series to The Hobbit and The Little Prince. This book generated more chatting between the two of us than any of the others.Stratford does an incredible job of incorporating and generating interest in science, math, language, and human interactions. Fictionalizing a friendship between Mary Shelly (Godwin), the renowned author, and Ada Byron, mat [...]

    27. After seeing an image on Twitter, I became interested in this book. However, in the end it turned out to be only decent. This mostly lay in fault with the fact that I feel the story could have easily ended 80/100 pages sooner. Now, we already had several things solved, but due to them wanted to make a grand plan, it took a long time. Add to that a silly chase and some other not related to the acorn mystery stuff.I am not sure, I might have missed something, but from what I could see the title is [...]

    28. Stratford's re-imagining of Ada (Byron) Lovelace and Mary (Godwin) Shelley is a perfectly-pitched historical mystery for middle graders. Ada and Mary are engaging heroines, complementing each other's strengths and weaknesses. I especially liked that Ada is so challenged by understanding other people - I suppose you could read it as if she is on the autism spectrum, but I prefer to think that she's just been isolated and rather abandoned, and her mind is occupied elsewhere. The label is really un [...]

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