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Jean-Marie Poupart
Illustrated by Francis Black Montréal, La courte échelle, 1991. 96pp, paper, $7.95
ISBN 2-89021-162-2. CIP

Reviewed by Patricia Cooper

Volume 20 Number 2
1992 March

Twelve-year-old Phil is an only child growing up in a single-parent family. Since he got into trouble a year ago he has been seeing a social worker. Bernadette thinks he needs a masculine presence in his life, so she finds him a Big Brother, Robert, a private detective.

On their first outing together Robert takes Phil to a hockey game at the Forum, but he spends all his time taking pictures of the spectators, especially a couple seated three rows in front of them. Phil soon realizes that Robert is there to watch them-that he is, in fact, on a case!

Being a boy of character and nerve, Phil doesn't lose any time getting himself involved in an increasingly intriguing case. Moreover, since Phil's hobby is photography, he soon takes over the camera work. Add to that Phil's love of jokes and his wry humour and you have a hero who will appeal to lots of readers.

The short ten-page chapters, plenty of dialogue, everyday vocabulary and many illustrations will make this fastpaced police adventure an enjoyable read for many kids.

Recommended for francophone and Immersion students.

Grades 4 to 7 / Ages 9 to 12

Patricia Cooper, Brampton Public Library, Brampton, Ont.

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