Ginny Gordon and the Missing Heirloom Author:Julie Campbell Ginny Gordon is a high-achieving, intelligent and sometimes impulsive 14-year old. She and her friends start a Swap Shop business and two valuable candelsticks disappear from the store. They were actually given to her by mistake by her wealthy great-aunt Betsy's hired "all-around-worker," Franklin, himself a senior citizen. Neither Betsy nor Fra... more »nklin really approve of the active and entrepeneurial Ginny, and Franklin gives Ginny exactly one week to find the two missing candlesticks, or he will report her to great-aunt Betsy, who will probably report it to her parents. (Her parents, both proud of Ginny for her efforts but a bit skeptical as to whether she can really do it, might possibly make her close up the Swap Shop.) So this places Ginny in a "Sword of Damocles" position.
She also meets a seemingly unsavory character whose last name is Grinsler, who becomes part of the plot as well. Between Ginny's suspicion of Grinsler and the problem with the candlesticks and the sometimes annoying teasing from her friends, it makes for an exciting story.
For anyone who has enjoyed the Trixie Belden books (written by the same author) this one and the others in the series will be fun to read. They are good mysteries with well-formed plots and are just nice clean entertainment for young people. Ginny is a sharp, independent girl who follows her dreams, even in spite of criticism. The author does not "talk down" to her young audience, and I think that this and others in the seriens are well worth reading.« less