How Can I Be a Detective If I Have to Baby-Sit?

Linda Bailey

Stevie Diamond. Age 12. Female. Private Detective. She and her partner, Jesse, have already cracked their first case. Now the pair is visiting Stevie's father at his tree-planting camp in the Rocky Mountains --- but how can they have a fabulous wilderness holiday when six-year-old Alexander, armed with a loaded squirt-gun, is trailing along? In this Stevie Diamond Mystery, when an international smuggler starts snooping around Alexander's house, baby-sitting suddenly becomes an occupation worthy of the Diamond and Kulniki Detective Agency.

978-1-55337-584-5 | Jun 1, 1994
List Price: USD $4.95, CAD $5.95
BW 5 1/4 x 7 7/8 160 pages
Grades: 3 To 6 / Ages: 8 to 11

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Awards & Reviews

“As a mystery story, Bailey's is well crafted. She amply establishes a group of plausible suspects and provides Stevie's reading of the situation; the child reader will fall into the same traps as she does. By showing how Stevie thinks, the child reader is also invited to participate.”
— Quill & Quire, August 1993
“Pre-teen sleuths Stevie and Jesse test their detection skills once again in this fast-paced mystery. When a resolution is reached, it is satisfying and unforced. The real highlight, however, is the characterization. Stevie is realistic and appealing as the spunky, independent heroine. Easy-going Jesse makes a good foil.”
— CM Magazine, September 1996
“[T]he nimble plot development and integration of the unique setting into the story line make this Canadian import, the second “Stevie Diamond Mystery,” a cut above most detective series for this age group.”
— School Library Journal, July 1996
“Middle-school mystery fans will enjoy Bailey's entertaining story: clues are nicely place, the plot unfolds at a brisk pace, and Stevie is an engaging heroine who botches things up believably.”
— Booklist, March 1996
1997 - Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, Short-listed
1995 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
1994 - Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, Short-listed
1994 - Notable Canadian Fiction for Children, Canadian Library Association, Winner

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