Saturday, April 30, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: A Pocketful of Eyes

Title: A Pocketful of Eyes

Author: Lili Wilkinson

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

RRP: $17.99

ISBN: 9781742376196

Release Date: May 2011

Pages: 324


When a dead body is discovered at the Museum, Beatrice May Ross is determined to use her sleuthing skills to solve the case. Sharp, sassy YA crime-fiction, with a dash of romance and a splash of funny.

DescriptionBee is in her element working in the taxidermy department at the Museum of Natural History, but her summer job turns out to be full of surprises:

A dead body in the Red Rotunda. A mysterious Museum benefactor. A large stuffed tiger in the Catacombs. A handsome boy with a fascination for unusual animal mating habits.

And a pocketful of glass eyes.

Can Bee sift through the clues to discover whether her mentor really committed suicide ... or is there a murderer in their midst?

'Smart, slick, funny, with sharp edges. Lili Wilkinson is like a coolgeekgirl Agatha Christie.' - Simmone Howell, author of Everything's Beautiful

'Wry, sly, funny, smart, and very entertaining.' - Jaclyn Moriarty, author of Feeling Sorry for Celia

About Lili Wilkinson

Lili Wilkinson was born in Melbourne, Australia, in the front room where her parents still live. She was first published when she was twelve, in Voiceworks magazine. After studying Creative Arts at Melbourne University, Lili worked on, the Inky Awards and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. She now spends most of her time reading and writing books for teenagers. She's won awards for the writing part, but not the reading, unless you count the stopwatch she won once in the MS Readathon.


A Pocketful of Eyes is a well written YA novel in the style of Nancy Drew. If you enjoy that sort of mystery then this is the book for you. The characters are developed with the same kind of detail that you’d find in a Nancy Drew book as is the format.

There are clues that will lead you both on the right path and off track, keeping you guessing and wondering which way the story will turn.

Hope this is going to be an ongoing series.

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