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Chari, Sheela. Finding Mighty.

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Chari, Sheela. Finding Mighty. Amulet/ Abrams, 2017. 320p. $16.95. 978-1-41972296-7.

Myla is afraid of heights and does not make friends easily, but the unusual necklace she buys at a street fair makes her feel special. When twelve year-old Peter moves in across from her, Myla discovers he has a similar necklace. Fatal mishaps seem to run in Peter's family--Grandmother Rose (a diamond cutter) was never found after a bridge accident and Peter's father died from a fall at a construction site. Now Peter's brother, Randall (Mighty), has disappeared, and Myla and Peter begin searching for him by tracking his graffiti tags. These events are somehow connected to missing diamonds and a smuggling ring. Myla and Peter locate Randall who is hunting for the jewels while acquiring parkour skills. Other individuals--some nefarious--are also after the gems and will stop at nothing to acquire them. Eventually, the clues lead the pair to the diamonds, the bad guys are apprehended, and both families strengthen in unity.

Myla and Peter are both uniquely drawn and their ethnic diversity is refreshing. Initially, the plot advances using their alternating voices but, well into the action, Randall emerges as a third narrator which this reviewer found disconcerting. The plot strands, however, unfold well and the clues are subtle enough to challenge mystery sleuths. The seamless integration of facts about New York City, the Croton Aqueduct, and the diamond cutting industry adds considerable interest as does the explanation of parkour. Readers may also acquire new respect for the art of graffiti. This is a fun, and perhaps educational, read. --Barbara Johnston.

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Author:Johnston, Barbara
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jun 1, 2017
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