The Case of the Missing Moonstone

I have a confession to make. I don’t just read children’s books because my children bring them home (as was the case for One Came Home. Read the review here), sometimes I read them because they just plain look awesome. On the cover of The Case of the Missing Moonstone two girls hover in a hot air balloon over the rooftops of London. Who could resist?!

When Lady Ada Byron (the world’s first computer programmer, and daughter of the famous poet, Lord Byron) meets Mary Godwin (soon to be Shelley, yes, THAT Mary Shelley) her life changes forever. The two girls become friends, or at least co-owners of the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency. For their first case, the duo track down a missing necklace shaped like an acorn and possessing the quality of mesmerism. Lady Ada must learn to puzzle out the intricacies of human nature and Mary finds out that secrets kept too long combust at inopportune times. Mary and Ada bring all their talents to the solving of their inaugural case, and along the way score a win for females everywhere.

Jordan Stratford gives us a fun romp through history and the streets of London in his first book of the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency. He does take liberties with the timeline of history — placing the girls closer in age than strictly true among other small adjustments — but forgiveness comes quickly after reading this whimsical story. Don’t miss the biographical information at the end of the book outlining Mary and Ada’s true contributions to history.