In The Tiara on the Terrace, the charming and much-awaited sequel to Kittscher’s Indie bestseller middle grade mystery, The Wig in the Window, Sophie Young and Grace Yang are back as the intrepid tween sleuths, along with the tech-savvy Trista Bottoms. The town of Luna Vista is gearing up for the annual Winter Sun Festival (patterned after the Pasadena Tournament of Roses), but preparations are dampened when the Festival president is killed by a s’more on the campfire float. The police rule it an accident, but Grace and Sophie suspect otherwise. Grace convinces the reluctant Sophie and Trista to be Royal pages so they can infiltrate the court and snoop around. As the trio digs deeper to identify the murderer, Sophie must also wrestle with her feelings of insecurity over trying to fit in as well as her growing feelings for Rod. The result is an engaging mystery with plenty of hilarious moments and surprising plot twists.— From Sarah Chen
In this funny, clever novel, perfect for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch and Gordon Korman and a companion to The Wig in the Window, tween sleuths Sophie Young and Grace Yang go undercover at Luna Vista's Winter Sun Festival to catch a murderer before he—or she—strikes again.
Sophie Young and Grace Yang have been taking it easy ever since they solved the biggest crime Luna Vista had ever seen. But things might get interesting again now that everyone is gearing up for the 125th annual Winter Sun Festival—a town tradition that involves floats, a parade, and a Royal Court made up of local high school girls.
When Festival president Jim Steptoe turns up dead on the first day of parade preparations, the police blame a malfunctioning giant s'more feature on the campfire-themed float. But the two sleuths are convinced the mysterious death wasn't an accident.
Young and Yang must trade their high tops for high heels and infiltrate the Royal Court to solve the case. But if they fail, they might just be the next victims.
Kristen Kittscher is a writing tutor in Pasadena, California, where she lives with her husband. The 2014 James Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence and a graduate of Brown University, she taught middle-school English for many years. She is the author of The Tiara on the Terrace and The Wig in the Window.