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Reviews and Interviews for Ballerina Detective and the Missing Jeweled Tiara



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Julia Fine, Girl’s Life

Have you ever solved a mystery? Well, step into the shoes of 12-year-old Kayla to see what it’s like.

Ballerina Detective and the Missing Jeweled Tiara by Karen Rita Rautenberg is a suspenseful mystery where Kayla and her friends try to find Amber’s prized possession: a jeweled tiara that mysteriously went missing during a ballet class.

Kayla has to put her full detective face on to solve this mystery. Buying fingerprinting kits, eavesdropping on suspects and interviewing possible witnesses, this is definitely not a boring read.

This book doesn’t only deal with a theft, it also focuses on other stressful parts of Kayla’s life—going to the movies with her crush, dealing with mean girls and spraining her ankle. Whether Kayla is flirting with Jason or doing her pliés in ballet, this enthralling book will leave you wanting more.

Does Kayla find the tiara? Will she remember all of her lines in her play? Hit up your local bookstore or library to find out.


“Ballerina Detective and the Missing Jeweled Tiara” is an engrossing 192-page mystery for children ages 8-13 which presents a humorous portrait of 12- year old Kayla, amateur sleuth and would-be ballerina, who attempts to solve the mystery of the stolen jeweled tiara along with her friend Vicky. Readers will be drawn into the life issues and obstacles experienced by the plucky heroine, and they will identify with her self doubts and stage fright issues which must not overcome her ambition to succeed on stage in her class play. A thriller and a gripper, plus a vigorous dose of adolescent angst along with brain teasers and clues to help solve the mystery, all these make “Ballerina Detective” a great page turning experience for young adult readers.

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Though billed as being for boys and girls, I think the latter will like Ballerina Detective and the Missing Jeweled Tiara by Karen Rita Rautenberg ($9.95, DNA Press, softcover) for ages 8 to 13. When Amber’s tiara is stolen, 12-year-old Kayla and her friend Vicky decide to solve the mystery. It’s a hoot as she decides whether to take toe-dancing lessons to pursue her dream of becoming a ballerina while also developing a crush on Jason, and engaging in a variety of adventures typical of a contemporary American girl. Filled with humor, this will provide plenty of entertainment for a young reader.


Providing a colorful slice of life, mystery, light romance, and personal struggles, this adventure tale draws readers into the life of a contemporary American girl, Kayla, in her quest to pursue her dreams and find her identity in the exciting transition from childhood to early adolescence. The story takes an unexpected turn when someone steals her friend Amber’s most prized possession–the gold tiara she planned to use as the crown in “The Nutcracker” ballet.”” Suddenly, Kayla and her fellow ballerina friend Vicki find themselves embroiled in the roles of amateur detectives. Kayla also discovers something very special about herself; she gets the starring role in a school play but must overcome stage fright and the difficulty of memorizing her lines all while experiencing her first crush on a boy. Young readers will appreciate boys and girls pursuing their dreams against long odds, enthralled in camaraderie, and at times dealing with unending drama and conflict. Also highlighting issues of diversity, Kayla’s friends come from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds and utilize unique approaches to solve conflicts and address personal challenges.



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Original interview on 12/7/2009 at 3:00 P.M.


This sounds ah-mazing we have almost every thing in common. I love ballet, theater, and mysteries.
glamgrl250 on 12/23/2009 8:22:26 PM

This book sound fun. I love Mysteries and I been dancing ever seen I was three and today is my birthday and i am 14. This year was going to be my 10th year but I took a brake.
daddygirl on 12/23/2009 4:57:35 PM

Looks good. I love ballet and mysteries, so it’s perfect for me!!!
prettypinkconverse on 12/23/2009 2:26:51 PM

this looks good. my sister might like it so i might get her it for christmas.
smiley103 on 12/23/2009 12:49:12 PM

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for Ballerina Detective and the Missing Jeweled Tiara


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