Sarah's Stars

Annabelle Starr.  Mirage
Egmont $8.95  ISBN 978-1-4052-3242-5  145 pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 13

I didn't have a chance to say anything else, as right then the security guard grabbed me by the scruff of my neck, lifted me right off my feet, slung me over his shoulder and carried me out of the store. It was only after he'd literally dropped me on the pavement and walked back inside the store that I realised I was holding a scrunched-up note in my hand. Completely confused, I flattened it out, and then stared at the words in disbelief.

Help me.
You are my only hope.
Please call 07193 678 123.

The first book in the new European series, Megastar Mysteries, starts out with an interesting, albeit borderline clichéd premise. Young sleuth Rosy Parker also known as Nosy Parker (a mini Nancy Drew slathered in makeup) is given the task of solving world-famous pop star, Mirage's mystery. Her manager has somehow tricked Mirage into working for her and the singer is less than happy because Simone the manager is absolutely evil. By a VERY unbelievable plot move by the author (who chooses not to reveal her real name), Rosy and her best friends, Abs and Sophie, are forced into the secrets and lies of the pop star and must help her out of her desperate situation.

There's nothing I like better than curling up in my warm bed with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate on a cold and rainy or snowy day. If it's a cheesy, gossipy book I won't admit I actually read, but so much the better! Unfortunately for Mirage, it's almost TOO cheesy. This piece of writing is definitely targeted towards girls between the ages of 8-11. If you know a Hannah Montana lover, aspiring fashionista or celebrity gossiper, this would make a great Christmas present or something. Young girls will gobble it up like cotton candy.

This reviewer gives Mirage 4 stars.


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