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The Detective's Assistant

Title

The Detective's Assistant

Authors

Kate Hannigan

Publisher

Little, Brown and Company

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780316403504

Pages

368 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

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

Topic

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

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

aunt

LGBTQ+

none

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

Diversity Impact

indirect

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