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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser is the first book in a new series for middle grade students. It is reminiscent of the Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys series. Moore Field School, a private boarding school in England, run by a Miss Moore, has been forced to shut down and find a new location. Miss Moore serendipitously learned of another school building in a nearby town that was available. Because it was a bit further away from home for many of the students, Miss Moore decided to take all her students, including a number of new students, to a camp for a week. In the meantime, one of the former students disappeared. Police thought she had been kidnapped, possibly along with a teacher who also disappeared at the same time. However, once the police found out that teacher was using fake identification papers, and had a criminal record, he became the primary suspect in the kidnapping of young Laura.
Laura’s best friends, Samantha and Jessica, along with a few of their new friends, learned the kidnappers were actually after an old trophy they believed Miss Moore was hiding somewhere. The girls, and a few boys, decided to find the trophy themselves, so they could use it to ransom Laura. A few other girls had overheard Samantha and Jessica making plans, and decided to do the same. Unfortunately for them, both groups decided to look on the same night, and they ran into each other. Consequently Samantha decided to bring the others into her confidence, and they agreed to help. At the same time they were bumping into each other, the bad guys were sneaking into Miss Moore’s office through an unlocked window. As if that wasn't enough, out of nowhere three ghosts appeared!
Moore Field School and the Mystery is shaping up to be a captivating new series for middle grade students and older. Liam Moiser has virtually promised a sequel to this story, and I personally hope there will be many more sequels. Moore Field School seems like just the kind of place where a lot of “mysteries” could occur. Moiser’s talent for eschewing obfuscation while writing to that age group is ideally suited to capturing a faithful audience of young readers. This is a must read story!