Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter by Beth Fantaskey
Ten-year-old Isabel Feeney is smart, loyal, and curious. She makes a great character as a wannabee news reporter and crime detective. To make the story even more fun, it is set in 1920’s Chicago. Isabel sells copies of the Chicago Tribune on the city streets to supplement her single mother’s salary. When she hears a gunshot, she races to the scene to find the murder victim –and a friend standing over the dead man. Of course, she becomes involved in the investigation. Fantaskey is a skillful writer, who keep the plot fast-paced with a series of mini-cliff-hangers. 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. Great historical notes on real-life female reporters in the afterword. Well-written and entertaining.