Jill Diamond has loved children’s literature for as long as she can remember, thanks to her school librarian mother and the long, cold winters in Maine. LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY is her debut novel, and the first book in the LOU LOU AND PEA series. When she’s not writing, Jill practices law, dreams about her next travels, bakes blue ribbon-winning muffins, and wears cowboy boots. Jill now lives in San Francisco with her husband, their son, and the ghost of their beloved cat.
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Category: middle grade
Genre: contemporary, mystery
Themes: friendship, multicultural, courage/bravery, identity/being yourself, finding your interests
Suggested for: ages 8-11, grades 3-5
Author's Time Zone: Pacific
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About the book:
Meet Lou Lou and Pea!
1. They have been best friends since first grade.
2. Pea is proper. Lou Lou is not!
3. Lou Lou loves gardening. Pea prefers art.
4. But neither can turn down an adventure...
Every Friday afternoon, they get together in Lou Lou's backyard garden for their PSPP (Post-School-Pre-Parents) tea party. They chat about school, discuss Pea's latest fashions, and plot the weekend's activities. But all plans go out the window when a series of small crimes crop up around El Corazón, their quirky neighborhood, right before the Día de Los Muertos procession. First, Pea's cousin's quinceañera dress is tragically ruined. Then Lou Lou's beloved camellia bush, Pinky, suffers a serious blow. And that's just the beginning! When clues start to appear in El Corazón's outdoor murals, the best friends join forces, using Lou Lou's floral expertise and Pea's artistic genius to solve the mysteries.
About the book: Lou Lou and Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza
BFFs Lou Lou Bombay and Peacock Pearl are busy preparing for the Bicentennial Bonanza, their city’s two-hundredth birthday bash! And this year, the party will take place in their beloved neighborhood of El Corazón. With a baking contest, talent show, and a new gazebo planned, the community can’t wait to celebrate the founders (and historical BFFs), Diego Soto and Giles Wonderwood. But when Vice-Mayor Andy Argyle claims the festivities belong to Verde Valley, using a mysterious diary as evidence, Lou Lou and Pea smell trouble. Will the friends be able to uncover the secrets of their city’s founding, and bring the Bonanza back to El Corazón?