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Scarlett Undercover

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Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic, kick-butt, Muslim American heroine, ready to take on crime in her hometown of Las Almas. When a new case finds the private eye caught up in a centuries-old battle of evil genies and ancient curses, Scarlett discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks -- and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father's murder.

Jennifer Latham delivers a compelling story and a character to remember in this one-of-a-kind debut novel.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 143 x 210 x 23mm | 286g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0316283940
  • 9780316283946
  • 1,015,887

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"This whip-smart, determined, black Muslim heroine brings a fresh hard-boiled tone to the field of teen mysteries."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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"Witty and suspenseful, "Scarlett Undercover" is an inventive mystery steeped in Islamic tradition, starring a hard-boiled heroine with a heart." "Sheba Karim, author of "Skunk Girl""" ""Scarlett Undercover "is a unique mystery, drawing readers into an underworld full of jinn and ancient family secrets. With its capable, relatable heroine, a twisting plot, and a cast of diverse characters, Latham's tale will keep you on your toes, turning pages long into the night." "Ryan Graudin, author of "The Walled City""" "One part snarky "Veronica Mars" in its noir-meets-adolescence setup and one part levelheaded "Da Vinci Code" with its religious symbolism-tinged quest." ""The Horn Book""" A Junior Library Guild selectionA "Kirkus" Best YA Book of 2015 "One part snarky Veronica Mars in its noir-meets-adolescence setup and one part levelheaded Da Vinci Code with its religious symbolism-tinged quest."--The Horn Book "Witty and suspenseful, Scarlett Undercover is an inventive mystery steeped in Islamic tradition, starring a hard-boiled heroine with a heart."--Sheba Karim, author of Skunk Girl "Why didn't they have splendidly thoughtful and executed books for young adults when I was one myself? Jennifer Latham touches a deep pulse of teenage angst, introduces a grandly original P.I. heroine, and taps a yet-deeper pulse of 2015 America. Embracing a unique debut novel."--James Ellroy, bestselling author of L.A. Confidential and Perfidia "A delightful, unique blend of hardboiled detective story and Middle Eastern folklore...The action and suspense, as well as the engaging detective at its core, make this a worthy read."--Booklist "Latham's noir-flavored narrative is a lot of fun."--Publishers Weekly "Scarlett is tough and fiercely independent...The supernatural mystery is engaging and the Muslim American teenage sleuth will be a welcome addition to YA shelves...An heir apparent to Veronica Mars."--SLJ * "This whip-smart, determined, black Muslim heroine brings a fresh hard-boiled tone to the field of teen mysteries."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Scarlett Undercover is a unique mystery, drawing readers into an underworld full of jinn and ancient family secrets. With its capable, relatable heroine, a twisting plot, and a cast of diverse characters, Latham's tale will keep you on your toes, turning pages long into the night."--Ryan Graudin, author of The Walled City A Junior Library Guild selectionA Kirkus Best YA Book of 2015
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About Jennifer Latham

Jennifer Latham has had some really normal jobs and some really weird ones, including school psychologist, middle school teacher, yoga instructor, and autopsy assistant. She was born in New York City and currently lives with her husband and two daughters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Scarlett Undercover is her debut novel.
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Rating details

1,113 ratings
3.48 out of 5 stars
5 18% (203)
4 31% (343)
3 36% (401)
2 11% (125)
1 4% (41)
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