Hi! I'm Beth Fantaskey, author of the YA novels Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Jessica Rules the Dark Side, Jekel Loves Hyde, and the funny, romantic teen murder mystery, Buzz Kill. My first novel for preteens, Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter, was released this spring. Set in 1920s Chicago, it's about a young newsgirl who dreams of becoming a reporter and finds herself mixed up in a mystery. There's lots of action, humor and suspense. For a sneak peek, click on the "Isabel Feeney" tab above.
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Isabel Feeney is one of the few newsgirls working in 1920s Chicago, during the era of guns and gangsters. Every day, while she sells copies of the Tribune, she dreams of being a journalist, like her hero, famous crime reporter Maude Collier. When Isabel stumbles upon a murder scene on her own street corner, she’s determined to solve the case. Who murdered mobster Charles “The Bull” Bessemer? Was it his beautiful fiancée, Miss Giddings, whose fingerprints were found on the gun? Miss Giddings's less attractive - and very jealous - sister? Or Bessemer’s associate, Al Capone? As Isabel tracks down clues, she finds herself working alongside Maude, who is covering the case. But as Isabel gets closer to discovering who killed a gangster, someone becomes determined to silence her, too.
A Junior Library Guild Selection!
"There are guns and gangsters, future movie stars, glamour, sibling rivalries, bullet proof cars, polio, several possible suspects, and a host of eclectic personalities... Isabel is fearless but expresses her vulnerability in her desire to have friends... A not-to-be-missed novel for middle graders looking for a satisfying mystery with a daring female heroine." - School Library Journal
"... chock full of colorful historical information with a heroine who is impetuous, flawed, and very easy to root for." - Publisher's Weekly