The Rez Detectives: Justice Served Cold

Literati Pr. (The Rez Detectives). Dec. 2021. 60p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781943988334.
Gr 5-8–It’s the first day of summer, and Tasembo is ready for the ice cream truck’s first visit of the season to the reservation. But to his disappointment, and that of the other Rez kids, there is no ice cream. With his clever friend Nuseka, Tasembo sets off to solve the mystery. The first graphic novel in the “Rez Detectives” series, Justice Served Cold is a fun and fast-paced read. Tasembo’s brash and curious nature clashes with his cool and logical friend Nuseka as they hunt down clues. Using each other’s gifts and entertaining readers with their classic brains-and-brawns chemistry, they get to the bottom of their first case. Readers will enjoy the colorful scenes by Perker, an Eisner-nominated visual artist. The illustrations support the humorous tone—for example, a panel showing two legless frogs whizzing by Philbert’s Frog Legs storefront on skateboards. Read-alikes include All Summer Long by Hope Larson and Finally, Something Mysterious by Doug Cornett.
VERDICT A fun and engaging story for middle grade readers looking for a graphic novel with a bit of mystery.

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