Squishy Taylor and the silver suitcase by Ailsa Wild
Squishy Taylor. Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017. ISBN 9781760128784
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. Squishy Taylor and the Silver Suitcase is a fun adventure for girls. The main characters are three sisters and it is based in Melbourne. Squishy and her step sisters Jess and Vee (she calls them bonus sisters as they were a bonus when her dad remarried!) spend their summer holidays at the University waiting for their mum to finish summer lectures. As the girls explore rooms within the university, they stumble across 2 adults acting suspiciously. Their word is 'dodgy' and through the story the sisters refer to them as the Dodgy Duo. Squishy overhears the Duo discussing a trip to the museum and her mystery-solving senses kick in. A trip to the zoo, an encounter with a black cockatoo and learning about bird smuggling leads the sisters to trying to capture the Dodgy Duo. The girls are sure they are trying to smuggle birds. However, the police don't believe them and the zoo expert is acting suspiciously too. Will the sisters solve the mystery or will they end up in a little bit of trouble?
Squishy Taylor and the Silver Suitcase is a mystery adventure for girls and is highly recommended for readers aged 8+. Squishy Taylor is a series but this is a stand-alone story, easy to read and follow. Readers will be trying to guess who the criminals are. Squishy, Jess and Vee are great role models for girls. This story would be an excellent class novel when investigating endangered species.