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Into the Lion's Den
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Into the Lion's Den
Watch out, Nancy Drew—Devlin Quick is smart, strong, and she will DEFINITELY close the case in this thrilling new mystery series for girls and boys from New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein

Someone has stolen a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. At least, that's what Devlin's friend Liza thinks she's seen, but she can't be sure. Any other kid might not see a crime here, but Devlin Quick is courageous and confident, and she knows she has to bring this man to justice—even if it means breathlessly racing around the city to collect evidence. But who is this thief? And what could the page—an old map—possibly lead to? With her wits, persistence, and the help of New York City's finest (and, okay, a little bit of help from her police commissioner mother, too), Dev and her friends piece the clues together to uncover a mystery that's bigger than anyone expected—and more fun, too.
With all of the heart-pounding excitement that made her internationally bestselling Alexandra Cooper series a hit, Linda Fairstein paves the way for another unstoppable heroine . . . even if she is only twelve.
Watch out, Nancy Drew—Devlin Quick is smart, strong, and she will DEFINITELY close the case in this thrilling new mystery series for girls and boys from New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein

Someone has stolen a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. At least, that's what Devlin's friend Liza thinks she's seen, but she can't be sure. Any other kid might not see a crime here, but Devlin Quick is courageous and confident, and she knows she has to bring this man to justice—even if it means breathlessly racing around the city to collect evidence. But who is this thief? And what could the page—an old map—possibly lead to? With her wits, persistence, and the help of New York City's finest (and, okay, a little bit of help from her police commissioner mother, too), Dev and her friends piece the clues together to uncover a mystery that's bigger than anyone expected—and more fun, too.
With all of the heart-pounding excitement that made her internationally bestselling Alexandra Cooper series a hit, Linda Fairstein paves the way for another unstoppable heroine . . . even if she is only twelve.
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    "I'm trapped!" Liza said.

    "What's wrong?" I asked. "I'm worried about you. What's taking you so long?"

    "I'm stuck. And I can't exactly talk in here."

    I held the phone closer to my ear. "What?"

    "Tell me where you are, and I'll meet you in five," she whispered.

    "I'm sitting on the lion," I said. "And hurry up because it's really hot outside."

    It was three o'clock in the afternoon on a Tuesday in late June. My mother had struck a deal with me at the end of the semester, when my seventh-grade classes finished. If I agreed to take three weeks of summer school courses—not because I needed the credits or anything, but mostly to keep me out of her hair—then I could go on vacation with my best friend's family for three weeks in July.

    So far my mother got the better part of the bargain. She usually did. There was a ton of homework that went with the program at the Ditchley School, and Katie's family had changed their summer plans since I signed on to hang out with them. Instead of going to their cool beach house on the ocean in Montauk for the entire two months, Katie's dad got it into his head that bone-dry Big Timber, Montana, was a smart place to buy a ranch just in time for the second half of our school break.

    "Get off that lion's back, young lady," the security guard yelled at me from the top of the library steps.

    "Okay, sir." I waved at him and slid off the marble statue, jumping from its pedestal to the ground. "No harm, no foul."

    Patience and Fortitude, the two stately kings of the jungle, had guarded the entrance to the massive New York Public Library for more than a hundred years. They stood right on Fifth Avenue, in the center of Manhattan, watchdogs over all the action in midtown. I didn't think my wiry frame would have ruffled their manes for the few minutes I had parked myself on top of one of them.

    I was dying to call Katie, who had already stationed herself out at the beach until we headed west, to ask what her father, a hedge-fund honcho, suddenly found more appealing about rattlesnakes and mountain lions and black bears in the high desert than swimming and chilling and looking for cute surfers on the East End of Long Island.

    "Dev!" Liza was shouting my name as she burst through the front door.

    "Glad you unstuck yourself, Liza."

    For the moment, I was wrapped up with Liza de Lucena, an Argentinian student who'd gotten a scholarship to the Ditch for the summer and was staying with us as part of the program.

    Liza was flying down the staircase like her hair was on fire.

    "I was trapped in there," she said. "You don't get it, Dev. It was terrifying."

    "Rattlesnakes are terrifying, Liza. This is a library. Worst thing that can happen to you is a bad paper cut."

    "You think I'm kidding? It's that man in the navy blue blazer," she said, trying to catch her breath. "The one crossing the street right in front of the bus. I thought if he saw where I was hiding—well, I didn't know what he would do to me."

    "Hiding from a librarian?" I asked. The light turned red as the tall man reached the opposite side of Fifth Avenue. "Look, Liza, they can be tough if you're making noise, but—"

    She started to run toward the curb. "You've got to chase him, Dev. You've got to take a picture of him with your phone."

    Just what I needed. A drama queen to enliven my summer studies.

    "Why me? Is your phone out of juice?"

    "Because he saw me, Dev. He knows I watched him take the paper."

    I caught up to her at the start of the crosswalk. "He couldn't have taken anything. I told you no one can check things out of this place, Liza. It's...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 12, 2016
    Bestselling adult crime novelist Fairstein (the Alexandra Cooper series) sets her sights on middle grade readers with her version of a modern-day Nancy Drew, Devlin Quick. Twelve-year-old Dev is the daughter of the first female New York City police commissioner, Blaine Quick, and is always on the lookout for crimes in progress. Dev has her moment to investigate a real crime, when Liza, an exchange student living with Dev for the summer, witnesses an art heist in the maps room of the New York Public Library. Since they are just kids, no one believes them, so Dev decides to investigate the theft herself, using “fiblets” (white lies) to gain information and access. Fairstein gives Dev a no-nonsense narrative voice, but it comes at the expense of her character sounding like a believable tween (“I would hate for this map thief—or any of his cohorts—to become fugitives”). It’s clear that Fairstein did a great deal of research while writing this novel, but the frequent delivery of facts through dialogue can be stilted and unnatural. Ages 8–12. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM.

  • Kirkus

    Someone is stealing rare maps from the New York Public Library, and a preteen detective is on the case.Twelve-year-old Devlin's mother is New York City's police commissioner, which gives her definite sleuthing advantages. It's summer, and Dev and her mother, who are white, are hosting a student from Argentina, Liza. After Liza witnesses a man cutting a page from a rare collection of maps in the New York Public Library, Dev sets out with single-minded determination to solve the case, also enlisting the help of her African-American friend, Booker Dibble. As she says: "I sort of have investigative instincts in my genes." (And for the librarians, teachers, and booksellers out there, Dev also has "a love for reading, for everything about books.") Dev attends private school and leads a privileged life. Access to forensic labs at 1 Police Plaza is a plus, as is her wealthy, '60s-activist grandmother, who is also a library trustee. Fairstein, a longtime Manhattan prosecutor and author of popular adult detective stories, transitions well in this opener to her first series for kids. She throws in local flavor, an abandoned subway station, and a healthy dose of texting and safe online activities in a well-crafted detective tale. This likable gumshoe follows the trail from the library lions on 42nd Street to Brooklyn Public Library's Central Building, and readers will be happy to go right along with her. (Mystery. 9-12) COPYRIGHT(1) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2016

    Gr 3-6-Readers meet 12-year-old Devlin Quick, girl detective and book lover, in this new series. Devlin's friend Liza thinks she has seen someone slice a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. Unfortunately, this crime was committed with no grown-up witnesses present. Devlin, knowing that defacing a book is a horrible thing to do, wants to solve this mystery as soon as possible. She enlists the help of the police commissioner, her friends, and others in an effort to crack the case. Devlin is a clever character who is constantly coming up with creative methodologies to gather evidence and piece together information. An appreciation of reading is a reoccurring theme throughout; many classic works of literature are referenced and explored throughout the narrative. The friendly and loving relationship between Devlin and her mother is also developed. The New York City setting plays an interesting and crucial role in this mystery; famous landmarks are significant parts of the plot's progression. Historical and geographical facts are also often woven seamlessly into the character's adventures. Readers will be exposed to new vocabulary in an engaging and easy-to-comprehend manner. They'll also be introduced to a wide array of concepts and techniques often used in detective and forensic work. VERDICT A well-crafted and satisfying first volume in a new series. Ideal for bibliophiles and mystery fans alike.-Deanna Smith, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • DOGO Books snicker9 - It all starts when Delvin Quick's new friend Liza witnesses a robbery. Liza and Devlin are at the New York Public Library when Liza sees someone steal a page from a rare book-at least that what she thinks she sees. Devlin and Liza chase the thief but soon lose him in the crowds. But Devlin isn't ready to give up. Unfortunately, not many people believe them. And even though Devlin's mom is Police Commissioner, one possibly stolen page isn't the top priority. So, with the help of her friends(and some top-notch equipment at headquarters), Devlin begins an adventure in New York as she tries to solve this mystery. She is ready to prove that she has what it takes to be a real detective. I liked that since part of the story is that Liza has come to the Quick's home to live with them for a month, we get to know Devlin and her family in a way that we wouldn't if no new people were introduced. This is a difficult book to recommend to a certain age group. I feel like most of it is written for younger grades, but there are some high-tension scenes that may not be appropriate. So I would recommend this book to middle school students. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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