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The Detective's Assistant

Title

The Detective's Assistant

Authors

Kate Hannigan

Publisher

Little, Brown and Company

Pages

368 pages

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780316403504

Genre

historical

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Racial Diversity; Legal guardianship; Gender nonconformity; Interracial; aunt raising niece; orphan; gender nonconformity; interracial friendship

Annotation

In 1859, eleven-year-old Nell goes to live with her aunt, Kate Warne, the first female detective for Pinkerton's National Detective Agency. Nell helps her aunt solve cases, including a mystery surrounding Abraham Lincoln, and the mystery of what happened to Nell's own father. Includes author's note and bibliographic references.

Grade Level

3-5, 6-8

Family Formation

aunt

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

indirect

LGBTQ+

none

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016; Best of the Best Books, 2015; Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth, 2016; Guide Book to Gift Books, 2016; Cybils Awards, 2015, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction

Keywords

detective and mystery stories; aunts; sex role; slavery

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

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