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Randi Rhodes and her friends are heading back to Brooklyn to solve another mystery.

30 review for The Sweetest Heist in History

  1. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Kyriosity

    This book caught my eye because I have a cousin named Randy Rhoades. Alas, that's where the interest ended. This book caught my eye because I have a cousin named Randy Rhoades. Alas, that's where the interest ended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I really enjoyed mysterious as a kid, and I think i would have loved reading this. After the death of her mother, Twelve-year-old Rhandi Rhodes moves from Brooklyn to a small town in Tennessee with her mystery-writing father, where she reluctantly makes friends and joins forces with two other new kids in figuring out who is trying to bankrupt the town and force its long-time residents out. Parts of it might be a bit far fetched, but that only adds to the excitement and fun. I hope Octavia Spencer I really enjoyed mysterious as a kid, and I think i would have loved reading this. After the death of her mother, Twelve-year-old Rhandi Rhodes moves from Brooklyn to a small town in Tennessee with her mystery-writing father, where she reluctantly makes friends and joins forces with two other new kids in figuring out who is trying to bankrupt the town and force its long-time residents out. Parts of it might be a bit far fetched, but that only adds to the excitement and fun. I hope Octavia Spencer will write more!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Britt

    Reviewed for School Library Journal (issue 2014-12-01): Gr 4–7—Randi Rhodes, black-belt ninja and kid detective, is back again with her sidekicks, D.C. and Pudge, to solve another rousing mystery. This installment takes the trio from Deer Creek, TN to Brooklyn, NY, where a world-famous Fabergé egg exhibit is opening at the Brooklyn Museum, right across from Randi's aunt's apartment. After noticing suspicious behavior from the new neighbors and learning that pieces of the collection have mysteriou Reviewed for School Library Journal (issue 2014-12-01): Gr 4–7—Randi Rhodes, black-belt ninja and kid detective, is back again with her sidekicks, D.C. and Pudge, to solve another rousing mystery. This installment takes the trio from Deer Creek, TN to Brooklyn, NY, where a world-famous Fabergé egg exhibit is opening at the Brooklyn Museum, right across from Randi's aunt's apartment. After noticing suspicious behavior from the new neighbors and learning that pieces of the collection have mysteriously disappeared, the gang of detective ninjas is on the case. With a tae kwon do competition, Thanksgiving dinner, and a few familial hiccups standing in the way, this quick read is packed with action around every corner. Although the fast-paced plot deals with a mystery through and through, the diverse characters are well-rounded and experience their own tough personal situations with determination and grace. While the story is didactic at times, the importance of family, confidence, and free-spiritedness shine through the overall plot. Although a few clues fit almost too perfectly into place and the lax nature of adult accomplices involved in attaining them is sometimes questionable, this book will satiate any young detective's thirst for mystery.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aj

    Again, this is absolutely not aimed at me. That said, I really, really love Spencer's writing style. I mentioned in the review of the first book that this is like Nancy Drew but for the under 14-set and BETTER and I really do stick by this. I will say that I think the first one was a stronger novel, but I really like how the strands of grief and confusion are woven throughout this. For a serial kids mystery, this book does a good job of giving the characters more depth. I wish there were a third Again, this is absolutely not aimed at me. That said, I really, really love Spencer's writing style. I mentioned in the review of the first book that this is like Nancy Drew but for the under 14-set and BETTER and I really do stick by this. I will say that I think the first one was a stronger novel, but I really like how the strands of grief and confusion are woven throughout this. For a serial kids mystery, this book does a good job of giving the characters more depth. I wish there were a third book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pandamonkey

    Even better than the first. I read it aloud to my 9 yr old daughter every morning. She loved it even more than the first book. I loved that it entertained but also taught cool facts and thinking skills. It also has a great message about liking yourself and not being ashamed of who you are or what trials you go through.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura Roberts

    A cute middle-grade mystery, and the second in a series that I hope will continue. (Now I definitely have to go back and read the first one!) Lots of ninja detective action, and I enjoyed the added bonus of the "ninja tasks" in the appendices. A cute middle-grade mystery, and the second in a series that I hope will continue. (Now I definitely have to go back and read the first one!) Lots of ninja detective action, and I enjoyed the added bonus of the "ninja tasks" in the appendices.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    It looks like this is the last book published in this series (really a duology). That's a shame, because I could really see Randi as a good role model with a lot that could happen in her life. It looks like this is the last book published in this series (really a duology). That's a shame, because I could really see Randi as a good role model with a lot that could happen in her life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mister

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. my favorite thing about this book was Randi figuring out how the fake Faberge eggs were made out of sugar

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Lehman

    Great Middle Grade mystery, not scary, girl power!! Great audiobook.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cora Coleman

    I like it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Allendra

    Very fun. A good mystery.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fatima

    Super fun and enjoyable

  13. 4 out of 5

    Xydel

    From an 11-year-old: This is an interactive book and a quick read about an awesome, roundhouse-kicking, spying detective. 8+

  14. 4 out of 5

    S

    A fun read for upper elementary or middle students.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I just flat out love this series! I especially got choked up at the building up of the DC character and his hearing aide struggles. The characters in this book are just phenomenal.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lonna Pierce

    12-year olds, DC (Dario Cruz,) Pudge, & Ninja #1, Randi (Miranda) Rhodes foil a clever international Faberge egg heist at the Brooklyn Museum. Using tai kwon do expert moves and brilliant sleuthing, the friends also work despite family issues and age discrimination. Never underestimate Randi Rhodes!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Randi finds life in Deere Creek, Tennessee pretty boring, since the only mysteries to solve are things like Amber-Grace stealing office supplies from the bank her father ran. When her aunt Gigi offers to have her spend a weekend in Brooklyn, and she's able to travel there with her friend Pudge's family, she gladly accepts. When they get there, Pudge's family agrees to let him stay , too, and they proceed to find mysteries everywhere they go. DC also ends up E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Randi finds life in Deere Creek, Tennessee pretty boring, since the only mysteries to solve are things like Amber-Grace stealing office supplies from the bank her father ran. When her aunt Gigi offers to have her spend a weekend in Brooklyn, and she's able to travel there with her friend Pudge's family, she gladly accepts. When they get there, Pudge's family agrees to let him stay , too, and they proceed to find mysteries everywhere they go. DC also ends up in town at a martial arts competition his father is supposed to be judging, but he doesn't manage to see his estranged father. The Russian men moving into the building where her aunt lives are immediately suspect, especially since the art museum has a display of Faberge eggs. Since Randi is also missing her mother, who would occasionally travel around Brooklyn in the persona of her father's fictional character, Glenn Street, her aunt fills her in on some information. Using not only her powers of deduction but also her ninja skills, Randi manages to solve the mystery of the missing Faberge eggs. Strengths: Again, a solid mystery with a nice cast of characters. The activities in the back are rather amusing as well, such as the making of sugar flowers. I can see myself begging my mother to do these things after reading the book. Weaknesses: It would have been more interesting if Randi's mother were alive, had stopped her activities as Glenn Street, and was a mild mannered mother. THEN, when Randi went to Brooklyn, she and her mother could have investigated things together when they got over Randi's head. Far more satisfying, but a little late, now that she's been killed off.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Britt

    Read and reviewed for School Library Journal (issue 2014-12-01): Gr 4–7—Randi Rhodes, black-belt ninja and kid detective, is back again with her sidekicks, D.C. and Pudge, to solve another rousing mystery. This installment takes the trio from Deer Creek, TN to Brooklyn, NY, where a world-famous Fabergé egg exhibit is opening at the Brooklyn Museum, right across from Randi's aunt's apartment. After noticing suspicious behavior from the new neighbors and learning that pieces of the collection have Read and reviewed for School Library Journal (issue 2014-12-01): Gr 4–7—Randi Rhodes, black-belt ninja and kid detective, is back again with her sidekicks, D.C. and Pudge, to solve another rousing mystery. This installment takes the trio from Deer Creek, TN to Brooklyn, NY, where a world-famous Fabergé egg exhibit is opening at the Brooklyn Museum, right across from Randi's aunt's apartment. After noticing suspicious behavior from the new neighbors and learning that pieces of the collection have mysteriously disappeared, the gang of detective ninjas is on the case. With a tae kwon do competition, Thanksgiving dinner, and a few familial hiccups standing in the way, this quick read is packed with action around every corner. Although the fast-paced plot deals with a mystery through and through, the diverse characters are well-rounded and experience their own tough personal situations with determination and grace. While the story is didactic at times, the importance of family, confidence, and free-spiritedness shine through the overall plot. Although a few clues fit almost too perfectly into place and the lax nature of adult accomplices involved in attaining them is sometimes questionable, this book will satiate any young detective's thirst for mystery.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective was great in The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit, but she is even better in The Sweetest Heist in History. Life isn't going smoothly for Randi. Amber Grace, the school bully is out to get her. Randi is disappointed and angry when her father cancels a promised Thanksgiving trip back to her former home in New York. She resents the time he will be spending away now that his new book has been published. When the opportunity arises for her to catch a ride to visit her Au Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective was great in The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit, but she is even better in The Sweetest Heist in History. Life isn't going smoothly for Randi. Amber Grace, the school bully is out to get her. Randi is disappointed and angry when her father cancels a promised Thanksgiving trip back to her former home in New York. She resents the time he will be spending away now that his new book has been published. When the opportunity arises for her to catch a ride to visit her Aunt Gigi in New York she jumps at the chance. Her best friends D.C. and Pudge get to accompany her. They aren't in the city long before a mystery presents itself and the trio along with Aunt Gigi set out to solve it. Spencer's clever mystery series for children is charming and fun for ages 8 and up.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shazzer

    I received a review copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads program. Excellent mystery, and though I saw the solution coming, it was quite clever. I like Randi as a character. She's a little rough around the edges, but when she wants to rebel, we the reader fully understand where she's standing. Aunt Gigi is a little too lax for believability, but that looseness gives freedom to the story. And unlike other series, Randi's friends have full and complex stories for themselves, rather than s I received a review copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads program. Excellent mystery, and though I saw the solution coming, it was quite clever. I like Randi as a character. She's a little rough around the edges, but when she wants to rebel, we the reader fully understand where she's standing. Aunt Gigi is a little too lax for believability, but that looseness gives freedom to the story. And unlike other series, Randi's friends have full and complex stories for themselves, rather than simply being support staff. I'm looking forward to reading more with Randi Rhodes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    This is a light-hearted modern mystery. This is the 2nd in the series but could be enjoyed as a stand-alone as well. Randi and her friends are all excited about their thanksgiving plans, until one by one they start to unravel. Randi, Pudge, and DC find themselves visiting Randi's aunt in Brooklyn for the holiday weekend. As they explore the city and all it has to offer, they of course find some suspicious things going on. This story does include adult participation in the crime-solving but still This is a light-hearted modern mystery. This is the 2nd in the series but could be enjoyed as a stand-alone as well. Randi and her friends are all excited about their thanksgiving plans, until one by one they start to unravel. Randi, Pudge, and DC find themselves visiting Randi's aunt in Brooklyn for the holiday weekend. As they explore the city and all it has to offer, they of course find some suspicious things going on. This story does include adult participation in the crime-solving but still requires much of the 3 12-year old ninja detectives.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    A good book for a young person. It had a few editing flaws-doesn't anyone know how to proof read anymore? (page 60 has at least 2) Other than that it had a lively pace with lots of action. Kept the reader's interest with adventure after adventure. The dialogue was a bit stilted in places and at times it seemed like the children were smarter than the adults. Not really a good book for an adult but I think the preteen age group will enjoy it. A good book for a young person. It had a few editing flaws-doesn't anyone know how to proof read anymore? (page 60 has at least 2) Other than that it had a lively pace with lots of action. Kept the reader's interest with adventure after adventure. The dialogue was a bit stilted in places and at times it seemed like the children were smarter than the adults. Not really a good book for an adult but I think the preteen age group will enjoy it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I love that this book has a strong female protagonist in Randi. She is smart, observant, and super feisty. And all of those traits are necessary when you're a ninja detective. My issue with mysteries for kids is the over the top, dangerous mysteries they are solving. It is just too unbelievable to me that kids could solve these cases, in this case Russian mobsters stealing Faberge eggs. And, the dangerous positions these normal kids put themselves in are annoying to me as a parent. I love that this book has a strong female protagonist in Randi. She is smart, observant, and super feisty. And all of those traits are necessary when you're a ninja detective. My issue with mysteries for kids is the over the top, dangerous mysteries they are solving. It is just too unbelievable to me that kids could solve these cases, in this case Russian mobsters stealing Faberge eggs. And, the dangerous positions these normal kids put themselves in are annoying to me as a parent.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens

    The Ninja Detectives are back on the case . . . and it's a much bigger challenge this time. One, it involves an art theft at a heavily guarded museum. Two, the group isn't in a small Tennessee town this time. They're in New York City. The audiobook is read by the author, an Academy Award-winning actress. The Ninja Detectives are back on the case . . . and it's a much bigger challenge this time. One, it involves an art theft at a heavily guarded museum. Two, the group isn't in a small Tennessee town this time. They're in New York City. The audiobook is read by the author, an Academy Award-winning actress.

  25. 5 out of 5

    John

    This was a good book that both my daughters enjoyed and after talking with them they say that "Brooke's" review was spot on, and for that I thank Brooke for saying it better than I could have. Octavia Spencer did a great job! I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a friend or library to enjoy. This was a good book that both my daughters enjoyed and after talking with them they say that "Brooke's" review was spot on, and for that I thank Brooke for saying it better than I could have. Octavia Spencer did a great job! I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it forward by giving my win either to a friend or library to enjoy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    3.5 I enjoyed the first book, and this one was even better with it's exciting jaunt to NYC. Spencer also did a good job of building on what we learned about each of the three protagonists' "real world lives", along with their ninja detective skills. Small spoiler: I love that Randi didn't also join the tae kwon do exhibition. She may be the titular character, but she's not the only one. 3.5 I enjoyed the first book, and this one was even better with it's exciting jaunt to NYC. Spencer also did a good job of building on what we learned about each of the three protagonists' "real world lives", along with their ninja detective skills. Small spoiler: I love that Randi didn't also join the tae kwon do exhibition. She may be the titular character, but she's not the only one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bethe

    Bookaday #19. Surprisingly good MG mystery by a celebrity author. Although it stands alone, I would like to read book #1. ninja tasks in the appendix, interesting activities but not necessary, feels like a gimmick to jump on interactive book bandwagon.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim Renix

    Excellent read. Read it together with my 3 children who all take Karate. They understood the terminology and related to the characters very well. As a mom I thought the ending was very well written. Good message for the kids.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tremayne Davis

    it was an great book I loved and so did my little brother

  30. 4 out of 5

    DMS

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