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Aug 20 2012

Phyllis Wong and the Forgotten secrets of Mr Okyto by Geoffrey McSkimming

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Allen and Unwin, 2012. ISBN 9781742378213.
There are many reasons to love the wonderful world of Phyllis Wong. For a start, she lives in the penthouse of a famous Art Deco built by her great Grandather, brilliant magician, Wallace Wong. Her apartment has its own cinema, a French patisserie in the lobby and interesting tenants like the enigmatic Chief Inspector Inglis and flamboyant Minette Bulbulos.
Even better, Phyllis has inherited Wallace Wong's talent and passion for magic, impressing everyone who is lucky enough to watch her perform. When Phyllis discovers that her friend and owner of LowerBlast's Antiques and Collectables Emporium has been robbed, she begins to suspect sleight of hand. Putting her analytical mind to work, Phyllis is determined to solve the mystery of the stolen, valuable bookend.
Fortunately Phyllis has the help of her friend Clement, who will do anything to escape xylophone practice and Chief Inspector Inglis. As head of the Fine arts and Antique Squad he is not happy to learn that the Lowerblast case may be connected to another unsolved jewellery heist.
Phyllis, her loyal little dog, Daisy and Clement set off to do some sleuthing, unaware of the danger that is coming their way.
This is a fast paced and sophisticated novel for over ten year olds. In addition to enjoying a thrilling adventure, readers are able to take a peep into the secret world of magic. Like the Cairo Jim Chronicles, Phyllis Wong is sure to be a hit.
Tina Cain

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