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Bill Doyle. Swindled! The 1906 Journal of Fitz Morgan
Little Brown  $7.99  ISBN 0-31605736-3  138 pg.
Reviewed by Jordan, Age 12

Fitz Morgan is finally old enough for his father to let him ride the train alone, and he’s going to San Francisco to visit his aunt. But treachery is afoot on the same train he is on. A secret agent gets poisoned with cyanide, and Fitz makes a new friend, Justine “Judge” Pinkerton. The two come from largely known detective families, and set out to crack the case. More and more passengers are poisoned, and it’s up to Fitz and Judge to catch the poisoner.

Bill Doyle wrote Swindled! It is a Crime Through Time novel, and contains bits of truth among it, like the U.S.S. Maine. Bill was born in Michigan and currently lives in New York City. He has always had a love for mystery stories, and wrote his first book at the age of eight. He has written for Sesame Workshop, Leapfrog, Scholastic, and many more.

Swindled! is a great book for ages seven through eleven, although any aged reader would love it. Even for an older reader, you’ll find yourself thinking things like ‘whoa, I wasn’t expecting that.’ It’s full of mystery and suspense, and your eyes will be glued to the pages. I would suggest Swindled! to anyone who can read it. It doesn’t matter if you like mystery or not, I don’t, but I really enjoyed Swindled!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.


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