Armed with a pair of purple rollerskates and a brain with as many connections as there are stars in the universe, eleven-year-old Sesame Seade is more than qualified to be Cambridge's number one self-made supersleuth. All she needs now is a mission. So when a student ballerina and aspiring journalist vanishes into thin air, some serious sleuthing begins. Very much against her parents' wishes, but with help from her friends Toby and Gemma and a conspiratorial duck, Sesame slips into the wings and solves the mystery of the missing dancer.
Illustrated throughout with hilarious artwork by Sarah Horne, this series features a smart and sassy heroine with a unique take on life. Also in the series: GARGOYLES GONE AWOL and SCAM ON THE CAM.
Beauvais makes an uproarious U.S. debut with the story of 11-year-old Sophie "Sesame" Seade, who lives at Cambridge University, roller skates everywhere, and has been waiting all her life for a mystery to solve. Finally, one arrives in the form of missing university student Jenna Jenkins, a gossip columnist and ballerina. Sesame, with help from her two best friends, tries to find out who's behind this disappearance, despite interference from her parents (her mother is the head of Christ's College, her father the chaplain). Sesame has a "taste for sophisticated terminology," as she puts it, which makes some hilarious moments as it becomes clear that she doesn't always fully understand what she's saying ("Papa ch ri, fire of my loins, can I go out for a walk?" she asks her father memorably, getting an appropriately horrified reaction). Horne's spot illustrations brim with energy (full of clips, combs, braids, and flyaway curls, Sesame's hair has a life of its own) and can be as edgy as the narration. A bitingly funny kickoff to the Sesame Seade series. Ages 7 11. Author's agent: Kirsty McLachlan, David Godwin Associates. Illustrator's agency: Advocate Art.