Bancroft, Jan 2003, 16.95, 190 pp.
Bianca Balducci is a sophomore at St. John's Parochial School in Baltimore. Her best friends Kerri and Nicole know that Bianca has a crush on junior Dog Patterson. So her pals arrange for the three coeds to meet Dough and his friend at the mall. Also there is weirdo Sadie Sinclair. The discussion between giggles focuses on Bianca's older sister Connie, a private investigator. Sadie shows interest for the first time and asks what Connie could do for someone being framed for murder. Bianca gives Sadie her sibling's business card.
Bianca sneakily checks her sister's voice mail and learns that Sadie using the alias Bobbie McCormick called Connie. As the mystery of Sadie grows, Bianca deals with two stalkers including a woman claiming motherhood. The soph gets deeper into the mess even as her social life seems ready to take off with Doug that is once she uncovers Sadie's secrets.
This is an engaging young teen mystery that is fun to read, as the lead protagonist hooks the audience with her combination of sweet innocence and crafty guile. UNCOVERING SADIE'S SECRETS entertains readers because the mystery is fun but the cast seems so real. Libby Sternberg's Balducci tale would make a fine present for especially the female Potter crowd and us geriatrics that grew up with the hardy Nancy Drew novels.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner