The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants
Based on the street where the author grew up, The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants is a spy story with a difference. When Harry and James form a secret agency for the summer, their first task is to investigate the disappearance of Harry’s lucky underpants and to prevent nosey neighbour, Stacey, from interfering in their business. But when a mysterious couple move into an old house on their street, the children are intrigued. Harry and James must join forces with Stacey in order to uncover what is going on at number 35. And with Harry’s attention diverted from the hunt for his lucky underpants, will he ever be able to find them? Nikki’s debut children’s book explores the consequences of children unknowingly involving themselves with dangerous criminals. It also contains an uplifting and empowering message that will encourage young readers to realise their strengths and believe in themselves. Taking inspiration from Enid Blyton, Judy Blume and Roald Dahl, Nikki’s debut children’s book will appeal to readers aged 9-11 years that enjoy spy and mystery stories.
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I loved this book. It is written as the secret spy log of three neighborhood kids trying to solve multiple mysteries. They end up getting into quite a bit of trouble along the way.
This book brought me back to the days of my childhood and the radical adventures my friends and I would send ourselves on. What I really loved was the ease of reading. The author alternates narrators between each member of the spy team, and it is incredibly fun and easy to keep up with.
As an American reader, I found that sometimes I was having to reread some lines to get a better grasp of what was happening or what the narrator meant, but I would 100% encourage my son to read this to expand his knowledge of English cultures and reading within context. Nothing was far from deduction.
Nikki Young, thank you for writing such a rich adventure for the growing generations. I cannot wait until my children are old enough to devour this book as quickly as I did.