Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Janice Spina

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.

Middle-Grade/Preteen/Teens/Young Adults.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case Of The Missing Cell Phone by Janice Spina.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 1.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is Book One of a series of mysteries and adventures. Davey and Derek Donato are twins who love to play detective. In their first case they must solve the perplexing case of the missing cell phone. There are twists and turns and surprises for all.

“Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone” is a wonderfully written mystery book with interesting twists that will leave you wanting to know what happens next. Love the main protagonists, Davey and Derek, the twin brothers who are as different as day and night. I’m sure kids their age can relate with them and have fun solving the mystery together along them and their friend Mickey aka “CAT”. Great for young readers who love a good mystery!”

“The versatile award-winning children’s books author and novelist, Janice Spina, had delivered once again: This time, a lovely detective story for middle-grade kids. The protagonists in “Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone” are twin boys that are easy to relate to, each with a unique personality that is sure to resonate with kids their age. The twisting plot in “Davey & Derek Junior Detectives” is captivating and enjoyable. Perfect for young readers!”

Review by Robert: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A GREAT WHO DONE IT. Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2015. Verified Purchase. Do you want your children to think? Learn how to decipher a problem? Cultivate their imagination? Amateur sleuths David and Derek, two twins as opposite as they can be, accompanied by their assistant Mickey, code named CAT, are off to discover the mystery behind Christine’s cell phone (she swears she put it in her backpack at school but it vanished) Being an adult mystery writer – THE CASE OF THE MISSING CELL PHONE – book 1 in an upcoming series- is all a mystery should be – a lot of clues – a few dead ends – and ending that fooled me. All you parents and grandparents this is a great book for all those middle grade kids you worry about – might even get them away from that cell phone and video games.

Review by Mrs. D.: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Think! Learn! Imagine! Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018. “The Case of the Missing Cell Phone” is the first in the Davey and Derek junior detective series, where two twin boys are trying to solve the mystery of a missing expensive cell phone. I love the fact that this story is for both boys and girls. It makes readers think, act, and discover. It’s also very engaging and entertaining, with an emphasis on teaching superb life lessons in a very delicate way. While reading this story, children are encouraged to communicate and learn how to crack problems and develop their creativity.

David and Derek are two twins, but they are very different from each other. David is a logical kid and Derek is all action. Supervised by their assistant named Cat, the two young detectives are off to discover the mystery behind Christine’s cell phone. As they untangle the mystery of the missing phone, they realize that the job of a detective is very tough and sometimes uncomfortable, such as when they question their classmates and the people they know.

This is a very interesting read for middle school-age students that will keep them tickled and predicting. I love that the author touched on a few very important issues that accrue in every school: the bullying, stealing, and credulity. These are very important subjects for children who are that age. In her book, Janice Spina nicely conveyed these very important messages. Her story sparked some needed discussion about theft, bullying, and teamwork. It is full of interesting twists and turns, details and clues. It really keeps young readers’ attention as they turn page after page.

It is also a fantastic acknowledgment of friendship and what is all right and wrong, which is extremely important for that age, when children know that they’re all different and should be treated equally. Their own unique personality would shine if you gave them the chance.

“Davey & Derek, Junior Detectives” is intriguing for my taste, and I am sure that young readers will agree with me. The exciting story line will leave them wanting to know more and to see what happens next in this engaging series. A great mystery read for middle-school children!

Review by Sue H: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Amazing Mystery book!! Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2020. What I enjoyed about this book was how it was a really good page turner. Even if you are not into mysterious that much you will still love it. What I found interesting was how the personality’s of the main characters changed, it was like you were right there in the book. I would highly recommend this book.

Review by Allen Smith: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. The Great Mystery Solved! Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2015. When Christine Sanders who is at Lindon Middle school has a cell phone that comes up missing, who would have thought that two twin fifth graders and their young assistant case worker would begin to solve this perplexing problem. Davey and Derek are twin brothers with personalities as different as night and day. Davey is more the intellectual and Derek more one that tests the limits of life – the daredevil type. Together they set out to solve this perplexing middle school crime, where yes, even the police get involved. With the help of their able-bodied assistant Mickey who is also known as CAT because he can sneak around with no one noticing him, and Kevin, who is a 6th grader the case gets underway at the school lunch table one day. This is a great read for middle school age students that will keep them entertained and guessing all along as to who stole the phone. My nephew would love this book!

Message From The Author: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is book 1 of a series of adventures and mysteries for middle-grade children ages 9-12, Grades 4-7. This book won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the Preteen Category and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite.

Children’s books by Jemsbooks carry underlying themes with life lessons to help children learn to be kind, caring and accepting of others. In this middle-grade book the theme is about bullying and family relationships and how to behave in different circumstances. I hope children will learn the importance of being kind to others and that friendship matters.

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John Spina (Illustrator)
Children: Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series
Children: Grade Level: 4 -6
Children: Mysteries (Detective)
Children: Mystery Action
MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
Middle-Grade/Preteen/Young Adults

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series: The Case Of The Mysterious Black Cat by Janice Spina.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 2.

Davey and Derek Donato are twins, but not identical. They gleaned the idea to be detectives from a book their parents bought them on their tenth birthday. The twins discover a black cat and some magic when they visit with their Great Aunt Gigi. The cat tries to communicate with the boys. But what does the cat want to tell them?

Review by Robert: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Great Story! Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2015. Verified Purchase. Being a grandparent and an avid reader, I am always on the lookout for good clean books for my grandkids. Davey and Derek’s Aunt and Uncle settle in town after years of worldly travel, but there is something different about the aunt that sets her apart from most aunts – she is a good witch blessed with the gift of magic – one of which is her long-deceased cat whose aura lives on in a crystal ball and still tries to help people. Davey and Derek learn they to have a few magical powers of their own one of which is the cat trying to communicate with them and warn them one of their friends is going to get into serious trouble. The question is can they use this magic and prevent a catastrophe? Cute story – clean- refreshing – and not preachy. The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat will keep a young mind intrigued and reading way past their bedtime.

Review by Gigi Sedlmayer (Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series): 5.0 out of 5 Stars. What will the black cat do? Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2015. Verified Purchase. Davey and Derek, twin boys, like to play detectives, since their mum bought them a book about a detective. In the first book they had already fun with and now in the second book, written by Janice Spina, they are going on a hunt again.

After school they have to go to their aunt Gigi, until their mum is coming home from work. And there they help their aunt unpacking some boxes. And what they find there, amazes them but frighten them as well. A Chrystal ball with a black cat. The next day Mickies sister was missing. Mickey was their best friend and helped them in their detective work. Now, will they find his sister? And most amazingly, how they find her? Very well written. I recommend that book not only for youngsters, for the young in heart as well.

Review by Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn): 5.0 out of 5 Stars. The 2 love to spend time with their Great Aunt Gigi. Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2016. Davey Donato (1st. born) & Derek Donato are twins, the 2 love to spend time with their Great Aunt Gigi. What secrets does she reveal later to the 2 boys? Will the 2 twins & Mianna solve the mystery disappearance of Jenny Catonni (daughter/sister)? What does TT represent?

Shout out to John Spina like to see more colored & detailed pictures for the kiddos. The only thing I see wrong with this book is you need to get a new publisher. There were huge spaces/gaps in between words on several pages. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written children’s mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great children’s movie, animated cartoon, mini-TV series, or documentary. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections; Jems Books; paperback book

Review by Mrs. D.: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Box Full of Surprises. Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2018. “Mysterious Black Cat,” by Janice Spina, is the second book in the Davey & Derek series. The twin boys are spending the day with their relatives. To their surprise, Great Aunt Gigi is not an ordinary old lady, as the boys always thought of her. As the hours pass, they start to learn something interesting about Aunt Gigi and her long-dead black cat. What is the dead cat trying to tell them? Before Derek and Davey know it, they are off on another adventure.

As in her first story, Janice Spina incorporates the concepts of friendship and teamwork in tense circumstances. Young readers will lose themselves in exciting setups with thrilling twists and turns as Davey and Derek discover their new magical power. And when something bad happens to their best friend’s CAT little sister, the boys’ team up with Aunt Gigi and her mysterious black cat…

Another intriguing book for young adults! Just when you think you’ve gotten ahead of the story, something unexpected happens. I love how the engaging plot and magic in the story keeps readers on their toes, and how the author cleverly stirs the twist of magic into the book! A splendid mystery for young boys and girls!

Review by Sue H: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A magical mystery! Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2020. What I liked most about this book was that it made the magic tie into the mystery perfectly. The most interesting part about this book was the ending (which I won’t spoil!) and how Mrs. Spina made it a thriller. I would highly recommend this book.

Product Details:
John Spina (Illustrator)
Children: Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series
Children: Grade Level: 4 -6
Children: Mysteries (Detective)
Children: Mystery Action
MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
Middle-Grade/Preteen/Young Adult

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case Of The Magical Ivory Elephant by Janice Spina.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 3.

Davey & Derek Donato are twins who love adventures and enjoy being junior detectives. In Book 3 of this series their help is enlisted to find an ivory figurine that has been taken from the local museum. There are many suspects and danger is not far from the boys as they learn more magic and use their skills to find those responsible for the theft. Their Aunt Gigi is close by to lend a hand and at the same time help the twins hone their magical gifts.

Wonderful Third Installment in a Wonderful Series! Get It! August 10, 2016: “In the third installment of the now eleven-year-old Davey & Derek Junior Detectives series, fabulous children’s book author Janice Spina engages children in the twins’ wonderful new adventure. With elegance and aplomb, Spina allows young readers to accompany the junior detectives as they solve, with the help of their special Aung Gigi and their own special powers, “The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant”. Marvelously entertaining. Another winner for the prolific writer.”

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite: “The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant is the third book in the Davey & Derek: Junior Detectives series, written by Janice Spina and illustrated by John Spina. While celebrating their eleventh birthday at the Pizza Palace, Davey and Derek Donato’s festivities are suddenly interrupted when restaurant staff discover a would-be thief breaking into their gaming machines. The twins later visit their Aunt Gigi, where they learn the story of Tamba – the beloved elephant of an African village, which died after living a full life. Aunt Gigi’s living room is filled with mementos of her visit to Africa, including a magical elephant figurine, carved from the elephant’s ivory tusk in honor of Tamba’s incredible life. On returning home, Davey and Derek find Peter Reynolds – the party-crasher from their pizza party – waiting at their front gate. Peter asks for the twins’ assistance regarding the theft of an ivory figurine from the local museum – carved from the same tusk as Aunt Gigi’s figurines. With so many suspects to choose from, all with alibis, Davey and Derek are pushed to the limit, trying to solve the case.

Janice Spina’s adventurous tale of twins just coming into their magical powers is one of excitement, suspense and mystery. With each chapter’s header carrying its own unique illustration, the story is one which can easily be enjoyed by children and adults alike. No stone is left unturned as Davey and Derek are given all the tools, they need in order to fully investigate the case. Many exciting surprises are brought to light in The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, with more and more magical characters being disclosed as the story progresses. Having read all three of the Davey and Derek novels, I find myself being lured into the story more and more, almost as if … by magic! I thoroughly enjoyed The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, and recommend it to readers of all ages who enjoy the fun, thrill and adventure of two gumshoe detectives, each of whom has the world of magic at their fingertips, whilst trying to solve the most difficult of cases.”

Review by Robbie Cheadle: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. An action-packed magical adventure. Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2018. Verified Purchase. This is book 3 in the Davey & Derek junior detective series and it is the best one we have read to date. Michael loves these two adventurous boys and the addition of some real magic in their lives really added to his enjoyment of the tale. Magic wands and books in the hands of 11-year-old boys really captivated him and my dad has made him a wand out of wood, painted metallic blue, so that he could have one too.

Davey and Derek learn the history and story of Aunt Gigi’s ivory elephant and discover some of this figurine’s magic. They are concerned for the safety of this figurine when they hear that a similar type of figurine has been stolen from the local museum. Certain local boys seem to be implicated in the crime and when a school peer asks the twins to help solve the case, Davey and Derek are thrilled to oblige. The boys embark on an exciting adventure to unwind the clues relating to the case, with some help and some confusion being provided by their magic books’ birthday gifts.

I would recommend this book for middle school children. My rating is five out of five stars.

Review by Gigi Sedlmayer (Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series). 5.0 out of 5 Stars. The missing figurine. Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2016. Verified Purchase. Once more, Davy and Derek, the twin boys, are on a case again, with Micki, called Cat. They have to find out, who had stolen the ivory figurine from the museum. Their aunt Gigi, she has special powers, had just showed them a ivory elephant figurine the day before with something really special. Has it powers? Did it move? Now to solve this case, they again asked Cat and their aunt to help with the case. And soon, yes, what will they find out? Well, you have to get the book to find out. A brilliant story for children with a sense of adventure. Well done.

Review by Mrs. D.: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Mystery of a Magic Elephant. Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2018. The author sent me her magical mystery “Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3: The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant” for my honest opinion. I love this series for a few reasons:

1. Janice Spina is a very creative writer who takes risks. From the beginning, she plunges the readers into the thrilling adventure.

2. The “Davey and Derek” series is for middle grade readers, and the author executes them perfectly.

3. The life lessons throughout the book teach kids about empathy, kindness, respect, and teamwork.

4. Through her artistic writing, the author delivers not only the lessons, but also infuses the captivating scenery on each page.

With that said, the readers are sent off to follow two brothers, the self-made young detectives, to solve the mystery of a magical elephant that has vanished from the museum. The burglary happened at a local museum and the twins use their special talents. However, those aren’t enough to crack the mystery, and as in Book 1 and 2, Davey and Derek solve this mysterious enigma with the help of their gifted Aunt Gigi and their best friend, aka as Cat.

As in the first two books, Book 3 is full of thrilling turns and twists, conspiracy and enthusiasm, logical thinking, and good fellowship.

With style and poise, Janice Spina has beautifully engaged young children in her great new adventure. The secret of the magic mystery awaits young readers!!

Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Another captivating mystery from Janice Spina. Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2016. Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Book 3 is a wonderful adventure middle grade readers are sure to enjoy. This time, Davey and Derek work with their crime-solving partner, Cat, to solve the mystery involving a magic elephant. Someone stole a valuable figurine from the museum. The twins, Davey and Derek, do a great job putting the pieces of the puzzle together to figure out who the guilty party was. At first, they thought Sean was the one responsible because he had family ties with a shady past. But don’t be too hasty with your decision here. Davey and Derek enlist help from their gifted Aunt Gigi to solve the mystery. Author Janice Spina does a masterful job weaving the tale so young readers will be anxious to know what happens next. Congratulations on another wonderful story, Janice.

Review by Lorraine Price: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. The Secret of the Magical Ivory Elephant. Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2016. Davey & Derek are twin brothers who are celebrating their 11th birthday. They share a gift between themselves called, “twin telepathy.” They also have an aunt named, “Gigi, who happens to be a witch with magical powers. She helps the boys to understand that they have powers of their own and teaches them how to use them.

A theft occurs at a local museum and Davey & Derek decide to use their talents to find the answers to the burglary. Full of magic and mystery, intrigue and excitement. Such a cute story!

Janice has a theme throughout her book and that is to teach kids how to be polite, kind, and sensitive to other’s feelings. This is the third in a series of books that she has written and can be enjoyed by itself or as a complete set. Give your child the gift of reading!

Review by Michele Rolfe: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. The next Hardy Boys! Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2016. The twins Davey & Derek are at it again! Who stole the figurine from the museum & how is it connected to Aunt Gigi’s Ivory Elephant Figurine? This is the first book I have read of Janice’s & LOVED it! I was a Beta Reader for her & received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This is a great book for kids who enjoy adventures. I LOVED Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys series as a young girl. Davey & Derek are the next generation of young Detectives, in my opinion. Great work Janice!!

Review by MBKs: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Wonderful Third Installment in a Wonderful Series! Get It! Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2016. In the third installment of the now eleven-year-old Davey & Derek Junior Detectives series, fabulous children’s book author Janice Spina engages children in the twins’ wonderful new adventure. With elegance and aplomb, Spina allows young readers to accompany the junior detectives as they solve, with the help of their special Aung Gigi and their own special powers, “The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant”. Marvelously entertaining.Another winner for the prolific writer.

Message From The Author: This book series was written for my two middle grandsons, Jason and Joey, who are not twins but two years apart. They were my inspiration. They love adventures and solving mysteries.

Children and adults both enjoy these books and the reviews have been wonderful. This book won a Silver Medal from Reader’s Favorite and along with Books 1 and 2 of this series won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards which made me want to continue to write more in this series.

I hope children will enjoy reading about Davey & Derek Donato and learn valuable lessons about sibling rivalry, getting along, family values, and friendship matters. Reviews are always welcome and I would love to hear from MG/PT students out there about their thoughts. What would you like to see in the next books? Feel free to email me at jjspina@comcast.net or go to my website http://www.jemsbooks.com or https://www.Jemsbooks.blog and leave a message. I answer all my messages. If you want your review from Amazon or other stores to be posted on my sites please send me the link to your review and a photo of you reading the book (with permission from your parents of course).

My motto is Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! I hope that you will soar with Jemsbooks!

Have fun reading all year round!

With love, Janice Spina

Product Details:
John Spina (Illustrator)
Children: Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series
Children: Grade Level: 4 -6
Children: Mysteries (Detective)
Children: Mystery Action
MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
Middle-Grade/Preteen/Young Adult

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case Of The Brown Scraggly Dog by Janice Spina.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 4.

Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away. Aunt Gigi is here once again to assist the boys with their magic and provide some new spells. Clues surface that suggests that someone may be injured and in need of help. The boys will have to use their skills and a little magic to solve this case.

Review by Gigi Sedlmayer (Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series): 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Delightful story for children and life lessons. Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2020. Verified Purchase. Another of Janice great stories with Derek and Davey, the junior detectives. Seeing a scraggly dog roaming around at their aunt Gigi’s garden, they decided to investigate, why the dog was like that. Well, to make it short, if they wouldn’t have started the investigation, a man, the owner of the dog, would have perished since he fell into a ravine and was unconscious. Great lesson in life to look out for singes, they are different.

Review by Mrs. D.: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Share the Magic! Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2018. In her fourth book, “The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog: Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series,” Janice Spina has created an impressive mystery story that carries on the thrilling adventures of two brothers, Davey and Derek. The friendly leading characters and thrilling adventures provide plenty of excitement and magic to young readers.

Davey and Derek are now experienced young detectives who have a few solved mysteries under their belts. But this new mystery about the scraggly dog would be not so easy to solve if not for Aunt Gigi and her crystal ball and her magical way of teaching boys how to travel.

What the boys discovered at the end of the story surprised me the most. Well-executed ending of the gripping mystery!

As in her previous books, the author provided plenty of life lessons for children. Janice completed her goal with the most valuable teachings about respect, compassion, and understanding. She wisely underlined the purpose of her series, lessons that are very needed for middle school children.

Readers will love this mystery for many reasons, but I love it for the thrilling twists and turns and lessons this story carries. I am sure readers will be anxious to find out what happens in the next book. Woohoo! I’m a lucky one! The author just sent me her Book 5. So I am off for another exciting adventure!! The twins have magic to share their power, and as a reader, I will learn more about amazing ways to solve the startling mysteries…

Review by Michelle Clements James: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Delightful Story for Young Readers. Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2017. Junior detectives, Davey and Derek Donato, are off again to solve another mystery with the help of Aunt Gigi’s magic and Mianna, the cat in Aunt Gigi’s crystal ball. The boys get into mischief as they try to discover what happened to the scraggly dog and how it’s paw got blood on it. The ending was a wonderful surprise and the kind of ending any child would love.

The author’s goal in writing books for children that bring to light life lessons that the children can learn from. These lessons include politeness (Davey and Derek are both polite boys), kindness (they are kind to the dog and to his owner, as well as to family and friends in this story), and sensitivity (they are concerned that their friend Mickey isn’t left out and that their mom doesn’t worry needlessly about them). Janice Spina accomplished her goal with The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog.

This book is sure to delight. I highly recommend The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog to young readers. This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Review by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne (Children’s Author): 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Another amazing mystery by Janice Spina! Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2017. This time junior detectives Davey and Derek have a new adventure when a mysterious Scraggly dog appears in their neighborhood with blood on her paw. What happened? Where is her owner? Readers will love this mystery and be anxious to find out what happens next. The twins’ Aunt Gigi has her own magic to share and the boys learn more about amazing ways to travel. The story is engaging, as are all of Janice Spina’s tales. There’s even a surprise ending. Be sure to get your copy today.*I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it.

Review by Michele Rolfe: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. New Magic Spell & Mystery. Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2017. The twins are learning a new magic spell & stumble on the Mystery of the brown scraggly dog! The dog has blood on its paw & the clues seem to lead to someone being injured. What Davey & Derek find is NOT what they thought! Love the twists this takes. Very good again, Janice! I am giving an honest review for a copy of the book as an advance reader.

Product Details:
John Spina (Illustrator)
Children: Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series
Children: Grade Level: 4 -6
Children: Mysteries (Detective)
Children: Mystery Action
MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
Middle-Grade/Preteen/Young Adult

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case Of The Sad Mischievous Ghost by Janice Spina.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 5.

Twins Davey and Derek Donato are enlisted by two new characters, Abby and her cousin Holly, to assist them in finding and capturing the spooky beings that haunt their house. When the boys visit Abby’s house, they discover that this old Victorian holds many secrets and shocking revelations. Davey and Derek soon find that they need the assistance of their Great Aunt Gigi to handle these mischievous phantoms.

Review by Gigi Sedlmayer (Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series):  5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts? Are they real? Find out… Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2020. Verified Purchase. Reading the other 4 books in the Davey and Derek Junior detective series, I was once more transported into the lives of the twins, as they had to solve another mystery. Abby and Holly moved with their parents in a neighbor’s house and meet the twins in school. Finding out that they are junior detectives, they share with them that they have seen and felt a ghost in their house. The twins wouldn’t think twice, if they should help them. Then the hunt begins. With the help of the twin’s aunt, Gigi, they try to solve the problem. Will they succeed? find out and get the book.

Review by Mrs. D.: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Ghostly Mystery… Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2018. Boo! Another amusing middle grade mystery from accomplished author Janice Spina! The author’s standard for instilling the love of reading in children is impressive and proven.

Davey and Derek are two humble detectives who are very thoughtful of their friends and the people around them. Always helpful, they don’t hesitate to step in when their friend Abby announces that something unusual is happening in their old Victorian house. The twins immediately jump on the new case. What would an old house be without a ghost?

As in the previous books in this series, “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost” meets the readers’ expectations. The young detectives face some challenges while unraveling the ghostly mystery, but with help from their mysterious Aunt Gigi and some other friends, they untangle it very professionally.

The twins are growing with her stories, and surprisingly they are that age when boys are noticing girls … and sweet friendships are developing between the twins and the pretty cousins.

The story takes thrilling turns and surprising twists. In some places it is chilling, as a ghost story should be. In other places it is romantic and sweet. A terrific new installment in the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series!

It involves and amuses, as it takes young readers for a ride to challenge them. A valuable educational tool for children, who like light mysteries and charming adventures!

Review by Michelle Clements James: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Davey and Derek lead an exciting hunt for ghosts. Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2017. Once again, Davey and Derek are off on an adventure to solve a mystery. These two young detectives are on the trail of ghosts that are living in their friend Abby’s house. Abby and her cousin Holly are school mates of Davey and Derek and have more interest in them than just finding the ghosts. When they visit Abby’s home, a large old Victorian house, they discover the house holds secrets even Abby’s parents didn’t know about. Of course, once again, they enlist their Great Aunt Gigi to help them.

This was once again another delightful middle grade book in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Davey and Derek and their friends are delightful children who are respectful and considerate of others, but who don’t hesitate to do a bit of sleuthing under the nose of Abby’s parents.

As with the other books in this series, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost is well written and meets the author’s criteria for instilling the love of reading in children.

I highly recommend The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost to all middle graders and to their parents. This would be a wonderful book to share, with parents taking a turn reading aloud. This book was a gift from the author. I received no compensation for my honest review.

Review by Children’s Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A wonderful mystery novel for young readers! Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2017. Janice Spina is such a versatile, talented author. I loved her new book, “The Case of the Mischievous Ghost.” The twins accepted their new case when their friends, Abby and Holly told them strange things were happening in the house. This time, junior detective twins Davey and Derek, set out to solve the mystery of ghosts in a beautiful old house. Were the ghosts really there? If so, why and how could they make them leave? They certainly had some challenges to solve this mystery. Davey and Derek studied ghosts, and definitely needed help from their magical Aunt Gigi. Young readers will love this mystery and they’ll be anxious to keep turning those pages to find out what happens next. This is a fantastic middle grade book, which I highly recommend.

Review by Sarah Reviews; 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Another Winner! Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2017. The wonderful and prolific author, Janice Spina, continues to entertain children with another terrific installment in the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series, “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost.” In this, the latest installment, Ms. Spina introduces the twins’ new cousins, Abby and Holly, who moved into a neighboring house that is haunted by ghosts. The frightened girls entreat the help of the now famous junior detectives. The twins, Davey and Derek, are not only excited about their new assignment but are also happy for the friendships developing between themselves and the lovely cousins. The story is most engaging and will entertain young readers going along for the ride, as the junior detectives, helped by their fabulous Aunt Gigi, tackle this new adventure. Highly recommended!!

Review by Michele Rolfe: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Wonderful Ghost Story. Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2017. The twins are growing up quickly as they develop a crush on new characters Abby & her cousin Holly & help the girls solve a ghost story in their house!! The twins have to enlist Aunt Gigi in helping them to capture the mischievous Ghosts! The twists & turns the story takes & the ending are amazing once again! Janice’s husband John did a wonderful job with the illustration of the cover, too! Fits the story perfectly! Even though Ghost stories tend to be scary, this story has it’s scary points, but it is a really fun adventure! I received a copy in return for an honest review.

Product Details:
John Spina (Illustrator)
Children: Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series
Children: Grade Level: 4 -6
Children: Mysteries (Detective)
Children: Mystery Action
MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
Middle-Grade/Preteen/Young Adult

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case Of The Mystery Of The Bells by Janice Spina.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 6.

Step into another magical and fun adventure with the twin detectives to solve this new mystery. There are clues at every turn, ghostly dreams with strange messages, and a surprise visitor that shakes things up. Even Aunt Gigi and Mianna are at a loss to provide any assistance to the boys. Will Davey & Derek be able to solve this mystery of the bells? Where do they turn? Will they be able to put all the clues together? Can they use their new birthday gifts in this adventure? Find out what the boys do in this magical mystery.

Review by Michelle Clements James: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. I love the way the author portrayed the love and concern between the brothers. Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2019. I’ve read every book in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives series and enjoyed each one. The Case of the Mystery of the Bells is my favorite so far. As with all of Janice Spina’s children’s books, this book teaches children positive values. The twins are always respectful to others and use good manners. One of the things that stood out for me in book 6 is when Davey had a bad dream, Derek jumped right in and offered his brother reassurance and then fixed him a cup of hot cocoa to calm him down. They always have each other’s back and are friends as much as twin brothers.

The boys Great Aunt Gigi, as we learn from earlier books, has special powers that Laura, Davey and Derek’s mother has inherited to some degree, but Davey and Derek to a much greater degree. The boys are learning how to handle these powers in a positive way and never misuse them. Aunt Gigi is their tutor in these mystical matters.

The characters are depicted in a way that makes them believable, including their powers. I especially love reading about Aunt Gigi. I can picture her greeting the children and inviting them in while bestowing her love upon them as she provides wonderful snacks and mystical experiences.

In Book 6 of the series, we are introduced to Aunt Gigi’s twin sister Auriana and various other relatives from the realm of magic.

If you have middle grade children, I highly recommend this and any of the other books in the series, as well as those in the new Abby & Holly series. I can’t say enough about Janice Spina and her books.

As a Beta reader for Janice Spina, I was given an ARC by the author to read and comment back to her. I have voluntarily reviewed this book without compensation. The thoughts presented in this review are my honest evaluation of the book.

Review by Sara123: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Fun reading continues with Davey & Derek Newest Case! Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019. In her newest installment in the fabulous Middle-Grade/Preteen award-winning series, “The Case of the Mystery of the Bells: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6”, Mrs. Janice Spina continues to entertain her sure to be growing audience of young readers. In this volume, the author introduces new characters to the ever-expanding cast and sets Derek & Davey, the twelve-year-old twin detectives, on a journey to solve the mystery of ringing bells. The writing is lovely and engaging and keeps one turning the pages in delightful anticipation.

The relationship between the two brothers and the twosome’s respectful interaction with their mom Laura and aunt Gigi add much value to these books, as the boys’ comportment makes them excellent role-models to their growing fan base of middle-class readers.

Excellent art enhances the reading experience. Kudos to illustrator Mr. Jonn Spina! Highly recommended.

Review by Children’s Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A great, entertaining story for children and teens. Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2019. Janice Spina’s new book “The Case of the Mystery Bells” Davey and Derek’s Mystery Book 6, is another entertaining, wonderful story. This time the twins, Davey, and Derek work diligently to solve the mystery of the bells. Why to they hear bells at certain times? Who are the ghosts in their dreams? Why do the boys hear bells in their dreams? Even their gifted Aunt Gigi is baffled from time to time. The boys are introduced to a new member of the family and they even learn more about their ancestry. Young readers are sure to enjoy this story and marvel at the literary skills of its author, Janice Spina. I highly recommend this story. * I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it without compensation.

Review by Michele Rolfe: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. New Ghosts. Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019. We are introduced to Great Aunt Gigi’s twin sister Auriana & other family member ghosts! When Davey has a bad dream about the ghosts, Derek is right by his side to make him some Hot Cocoa & get him settled back down. Together they need to figure out what is causing the Mysterious Bells they hear ringing a lot lately. Aunt Gigi is on hand again to provide some new birthday surprises & new spells for the boys. Another wonderful book!!

Review by Trish: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Wholesome and fun! Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2019. Follow Davey and Derek on another magical journey of adventure in book 6 of Janice Spina’s Junior Detective series. You’ll find the very likable twins on a quest to unfold a mystery surrounding their beloved Aunt Gigi. See what hidden secrets the boys may uncover along the way concerning their ancestors. This is an enjoyable series for middle grade readers.

Product Details:
John Spina (Illustrator)
Children: Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series
Children: Grade Level: 4 -6
Children: Mysteries (Detective)
Children: Mystery Action
MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
Middle-Grade/Preteen/Young Adult

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About The Author: Janice Spina is a multi-award-winning author with 43 books of which there are 21 children’s books,12 MG/PT books and two books in a YA series with four more coming over the next few years, seven novels and a short story collection for 18+ written under J.E. Spina. She is also a copy editor, blogger, book reviewer and supporter of fellow authors. Her husband, John, is her illustrator and cover creator. Watch for more books to come over the next few years.

Jance has received the following awards for her books:

8 Mom’s Choice Awards – Silver Medals, 5 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Silver Medal, Bronze Medal, Honorable Mention and Finalist, 19 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, 1 AUTHORSDB – Cover Contest, 2 Book Excellence Award Finalists, 2 Top Shelf Awards – First Place & Runner up

Her logo is Jemsbooks – books for all ages! Her motto is – Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Come soar with Jemsbooks! Happy reading!

Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates and happily welcomes reviews.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS BY JANICE SPINA

Pre-School to Grade Three:

  • Louey the Lazy Elephant (Mom’s Choice Awards – Silver Medal)
  • Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon (Mom’s Choice Award – Silver Medal)
  • Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award)
  • Lamby the Lonely Lamb (Mom’s Choice Awards – Silver Medal)
  • Jesse the Precocious Polar Bea (Mom’s Choice Awards – Silver Medal)
  • Broose the Moose on the Loose (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award)
  • Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award)
  • Colby the Courageous Cat (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award)
  • Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award)
  • Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award)
  • Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier (Mom’s Choice Awards – Silver Medal)
  • The First Star (Mom’s Choice Awards – Silver Medal)
  • Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award & Top Shelf Runners-up Award)
  • Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 2: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award)
  • Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 3 Delbert Finds Himself
  • Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 4: Delfina Solves a Problem
  • Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 5: Drago Does a Good Deed
  • Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 6: Dragana Helps a Fairy Make Believe: Bedtime Stories for Children Book 1 (Mom’s Choice Awards – Silver Medal)
  • Make Believe is Fun: Bedtime Stories for Children Books-1-4 (Mom’s Choice Awards – Silver Medal)

MG/PT BOOKS FOR 10+ BY JANICE SPINA

Middle-Grade/Preteen/Young Adult:

  • 2014-Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 1: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone- Readers’ Favorite Book Awards-Honorable Mention.
  • 2016-Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 1: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2016: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 2: The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2016-Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 3: The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Reader’s Favorite Book Awards-Silver Medal.
  • 2016-Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 3: The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant-Readers’ Favorite Book Awards-Silver Medal.
  • 2017-Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5: The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2017-Jerry the Crabby Crayfish-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
  • 2017-Abby & Holly School Dance-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2018-Colby the Courageous Cat-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2018-Broose the Moose on the Loose-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2018-Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2018-Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5: The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost-Authorsdb Cover Contest-Silver Medal.
  • 2018-Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 6: The Case of the Mystery of the Bells-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2019-Abby & Holly School Dance-Readers’ Favorite Book Awards-Bronze Medal.
  • 2019-Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2019-Abby & Holly Series Book 3: Secrets of the Trunk-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2019-Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 6: The Case of the Mystery of the Bells-Book Excellence Award-Finalist.
  • 2020-Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon-Mom’s Choice Awards-Silver Medal.
  • 2020-Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2020-Abby & Holly Series Book 4: The Hidden Stairway-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2020-Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events-Readers’ Favorite Book Awards-Honorable Mention.
  • 2020-Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 6: The Case of the Mystery of the Bells-Readers’ Favorite Book Awards-Finalist.
  • 2020-Louey the Lazy Elephant-Mom’s Choice Awards-Silver Medal.
  • 2020-Abby & Holly Series Book 5: The Copper Key-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2020-Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear-Mom’s Choice Awards-Silver Medal.
  • 2021-Abby & Holly Series Book 6: Faulty Timeline-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2021-Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier-Mom’s Choice Awards-Silver Medal.
  • 2021-Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2021-Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day-Top Shelf Awards-Runners up.
  • 2021-Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 4: The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog-Top Shelf Awards-First Place.
  • 2021-The First Star-Mom’s Choice Awards-Silver Medal.
  • 2022-Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2022-Make Believe (Bedtime Stories for Children)-Mom’s Choice Awards-Silver Medal.
  • 2022-Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 2: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2022-The Legend of the Taken Ones: Gateskin Chronicles Book 1-Book Excellence Award-Finalist.
  • 2023-Make Believe in Fun (Bedtime Stories for Children) Book 2-Mom’s Choice Awards-Silver Medal.
  • 2023-Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 4: Delfina Solves a Problem-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.
  • 2023-Make Believe Again: Bedtime Stories for Children Book 3-Mom’s Choice Awards-Silver Medal.
  • 2023-Make Believe Once Again: Bedtime Stories for Children Book 4-Mom’s Choice Awards-Silver Medal.
  • 2023-Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 5 – Drago Does a Good Deed-Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.

YA BOOKS BY JANICE SPINA for 15+

  • The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)
  • The Unknown Territory (Gateskin Chronicles Book 2)

BOOKS BY J.E. SPINA FOR 18+

  • Hunting Mariah
  • Mariah’s Revenge
  • How Far is Heaven
  • An Angel Among Us: A Short Story Collection
  • In A Second
  • Lubelia Alycea: One Hundred Years
  • The Misunderstood Angel: Branyrd the Angel Series Book 1
  • Mission of Mercy: Branyrd the Angel Series Book 2

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Her logo is Jemsbooks – books for all ages!
Her motto is – Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!
Come soar with Jemsbooks!
Happy reading!

Janice’s hobbies besides writing are crocheting, exercising to keep in shape, going to the movies with her husband or out to lunch or dinner, reading, book reviewing, blogging, and spending time with her five grandchildren who are her writing inspiration.

Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates and happily welcomes reviews.

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina: Multi-Award-Winning Author
Jemsbooks for All Ages!
Mom’s Choice Award Winner!

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