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May lead to conversations you are not ready to have, depending on your parenting style.
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2021
First, note that I'm rating the story itself, not the comment to follow, as a 3. I felt that the story was good, but there are a lot of names that are either similar to one another (George and Gregory) or hard for young readers to decode (Deidre), which I know as a special education teacher, may complicate the comprehension process. The story itself was cute otherwise.
Now, the part you will need to be mindful of as a parent: one of the main characters, George, is actually a girl. If you've previously read Nancy Drew, you already knew that George's real name is Georgina. You may also know that this character has constantly evolved in style, but is typically depicted as a girl who is a tomboy. Since 2018, illustrations and dialogue have altered her character to be openly gay. Since this publication is from 2006, I don't know if that was clear at this point in time or not. However, in this book, George is consistently depicted through the illustrations as having short hair and wearing shorts and t-shirts rather than leotards. I honestly thought George was a boy (as I didn't read Nancy Drew as a kid and have prior knowledge about her) until I noticed the pronouns used for George are she/her. I say all this to say that you may have to have the conversation with your child about why George appears to look more boyish, yet is referred to as a female. So, if that is something that conflicts with your personal beliefs/views, or is a conversation you may not be ready to have with younger children who may read this book, you may want to pass on it.