Zoe Sophia in New York: The Mystery of the Pink Phoenix Papers
Claudia Mauner and Elisa Smalley
Illustrated by Claudia Mauner
Ages 8 to 12
Chronicle, 2006, 0-8118-4877-9
Zoe’s great Aunt Dorothy is coming to New York City to read her latest book at a book shop. She is also coming to investigate the mystery of a scarab, the Pink Phoenix scarab to be exact. It is said that the scarab – currently on display at the Met for a short period of time only - has magical properties and Aunt Dorothy is sure that somewhere in New York an old journal is hidden which will explain the history and powers of the scarab. Zoe adores her aunt and can’t wait to find out more about this mystery.
At last Dorothy arrives and sure enough, she and Zoe are soon on the trail of the missing journal and as they go to some of the most interesting places in New York City, they find a trail of clues and symbols to follow.
In the end Zoe and her delightful great aunt discover that although searching for the journal is a wonderful quest, there is an equally interesting time to be had exploring the fascinating city around them and spending wonderful times in each others company.
All too often we forget how much fun it can be to go exploring with someone we love. In this second Zoe Sophia book, Zoe and her great aunt once again share their interests and explore a great city, seeing all kinds of wonderful buildings, sharing interesting meals, and much more. For those who love New York City, this book is a reaffirmation of everything they have ever thought about the city (and a reminder that there are many things to see and visit) and for those who are new to the metropolis, it is a perfect introduction to a place unlike any other.
Quirky and highly original illustrations perfectly compliment the diary type format of the story.
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