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Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter

Beth Fantaskey


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It’s 1920s Chicago—the guns-and-gangster era of Al Capone—and it’s unusual for a girl to be selling the Tribune on the street corner. But ten-year-old Isabel Feeney is unusual . . . unusually obsessed with being a news reporter. She can’t believe her luck when she stumbles not only into a real-live murder scene, but also into her hero, the famous journalist Maude Collier. The story of how the smart, curious, loyal Isabel fights to defend the honor of her accused friend and latches on to the murder case like a dog on a pant leg makes for a winning, thoroughly entertaining middle grade mystery.

Praise For Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter

"Fantaskey does an excellent job of conveying the flavor of the time period, drawing attention to the public’s fascination with murderers, bootleggers, and gangsters...Isabel's innocence and intelligence combine to form a complex character full of moxie."
Booklist STARRED Review

"Fantaskey offers a dark but exciting picture of one of Chicago’s most infamous decades..."

"It’s a story chockfull of colorful historical information with a heroine who is impetuous, flawed, and very easy to root for."
—Publishers Weekly

"A not-to-be-missed novel for middle graders looking for a satisfying mystery with a daring female heroine."
—School Library Journal

"Fast-moving, short chapters are narrated by the sassy Isabel, whose speech ("Jeez, what kind of bee was in his bonnet?") captures the flavor of the era."

“Izzie is an endearing latchkey kid: blunt, unwittingly funny and doggedly determined. Readers will cheer her on as she fights for the truth and for her newfound friends.”
—Shelf Awareness

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544582491, 352pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2016

About the Author

Beth Fantaskey is the author of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Jessica Rules the Dark Side, Jekel Loves Hyde, and Buzz Kill. Shelives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. Visit her website at