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"Who needs Nancy Drew when Goldie Vance is on the case? Goldie notices everything and never gives up, which are key skills an aspiring hotel detective. (Of course, she's not so great at keeping secrets, which is less of an asset.) But, when Hollywood's leading lady comes to town with her latest production, Goldie's determined not to miss one second of the action. That means that when a priceless diamond bathing cap goes missing from set, Goldie's perfectly positioned to take up the investigation in this charming series opener that sparkles with Hollywood glamour."
Lilliam Rivera is the award-winning author of Dealing in Dreams and The Education of Margot Sanchez. She was nominated for a 2019 Rhode Island Teen Book Award, a 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adult Fiction by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and has been featured on NPR, New York Times Book Review, New York magazine, MTV.com, and Teen Vogue, among others. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles. Born in the United States before moving to and living in Ireland, Elle Power has earned a degree in animation and is pursuing a career in making things to share with others. Lead by a love of visual storytelling, she spends her days helping to create stories and worlds through illustration, comics, and animation. Elle first entered the world of Goldie Vance as a fan of the comic series and has gone on to illustrate volume four of the original graphic novel. She's had a blast ever since!
Praise for Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit: A 2021 Rainbow Book List Title "Goldie's endless optimism and belief in herself inspire while creating amusing moments in this satisfying gumshoe mystery. Comic book inserts by animator Power further enliven action-packed segments."—Publishers Weekly
"[...] [S]he [Rivera] shows herself to be skilled at combining noir language conventions with contemporary sensibilities in a way that doesn't feel anachronistic but is just a gas! [...] This biracial, LGBTQ protagonist seamlessly shifts from comics to prose in a winner of a series opener."—Kirkus
"Readers will love Goldie, an ambitious female lead who challenges gender roles, is gay, and is not to be underestimated. [...] A great purchase for middle grade collections, especially those whose readers are looking for their next boisterous supersleuth."—School Library Journal
"[T]his middle-grade novel is kind to new series readers, offering a standalone adventure for Goldie and the gang. Goldie is appealing as a headstrong, confident, absurdly good-natured narrator who worms her way into the heart of the surprisingly normal star Lucerne. [...] Rivera unravels the mystery in an enjoyable romp with a large cast of quirky, lovable characters."—BCCB
"[Goldie's] courage and determination will appeal to young readers who long for a sense of adventure and the desire to be accepted for who they are. Readers will enjoy this smart, independent, and quirky character who isn't afraid to go after what she wants."—School Library Connection