The Detective's Assistant (Paperback)

By Kate Hannigan

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316403498, 368pp.

Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/6/2015)
Hardcover (4/7/2015)
Prebound (4/5/2016)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (6/2/2015)

List Price: 7.99*
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Based on the extraordinary true story of America's first female detective, Kate Warne, this fast-paced adventure is full of feats of daring and danger, bold action, and newfound courage.

When orphaned eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives in Chicago, she is shocked to find that her long-lost aunt is a detective working for the famous Pinkerton's National Detective agency! With nation-changing events simmering in the background as Abraham Lincoln heads for the White House, Aunt Kate is working on the biggest case of her life, and Nell quickly makes herself indispensable by cracking codes, wearing disguises, and spying on nefarious criminals. But can she also solve the case of what really happened on the night her best friend disappeared?

About the Author

Kate Hannigan is the author of the Cupcake Cousins series. She is a former journalist and lives in Chicago with her family.

Praise For The Detective's Assistant

A Booklist Editors' Choice
A Chicago Public Library Best Book
A Nerdy Book Club Award Winner
A Bank Street College Best Children's Book
An SCBWI Golden Kite Winner
An ALA Amelia Bloomer Project List for Feminist Books Selection
A Mighty Girl Top Books for Tweens and Teens Pick

* "Accessible and captivating...With skilled writing that conveys the excitement of detective work, the appeal of history, and Nell's authentic, good-humored personal growth, this is one for the ages."—The Bulletin (starred review)

* "Hannigan keeps a strong narrative hand on the several stories she has going on simultaneously: the mysteries surrounding the deaths of Nell's father and uncle; Nell's correspondence with her best friend, who traveled the Underground Railroad to safety in Canada; and several Pinkerton adventures that involve chicanery, American history, and lots of excitement."—Booklist (starred review)

"Hannigan makes skillful use of period details, bringing the novel's threads together in a nail-biting conclusion. Nell is a fearless, no-nonsense heroine, and her dry-witted narration drives this rollicking historical escapade."—Publishers Weekly

"A rousing fictional account of the remarkable career of a pioneering woman."—Kirkus

"Nell is an irrepressible character: spirited, thoughtful, and intuitive...Recommend to readers who enjoy adventure, history, and stories featuring independent, strong-minded girls."—SLJ