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What happens when four creative, slightly brilliant, misfit girls team up against a gang of bullies?

That's right. Danger, chaos, and more adventure than any middle school girl should be faced with in a lifetime!

When Jane, Elle, Dakota and Sketti band together to face The Thickheads, they land themselves in the midst of a murder-mystery that none of them is prepared to deal with. And when The Thickheads get involved, lines are drawn and accusations are flung.

But when the two opposing groups join forces, they learn that together, they can mend fences and face the giants.

This laugh-out-loud, coming-of-age mystery is a must-hear for anyone who's ever felt like a misfit, anyone who's ever been bullied, or anyone who's ever felt like they were on the outside looking in.

©2016 Armonia Publishing (P)2017 Armonia Publishing

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A great book that is exciting and funny!

This is a book that is appropriate for middle school aged children (and up!). The story involves a group of four misfit girls and a group of misfit boys. It was hard for me to keep the characters straight at first, but as the story progressed it got easier and easier. The girls and the guys in the story are feuding with each other, but in the end they must learn to work together to solve a murder that the adults in power have ruled accidental. Along the journey there are lessons in bullying, abuse and even environmental protection! This book is entertaining, but imparts life lessons well worth our kids learning!

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For the middle schoolers

This is a fun read, that also touches on some tough issues. Middle-schoolers will enjoy the mystery the kids get tangled up in.

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Jenny’s review

Good friends Jane, Dakota, Sketti and El are brought together because they are considered outcasts and Jane the head of the Ragamuffins feels it is her duty to watch out for them. In constant conflict with the Thickheads the girls feel they are always having to watch their backs . On one of their schemes to prank the boys they hear mysterious yelling and nasty green goo is all over the forest near their clubhouse. Then Mr Whistler turns up dead and the girls must figure out who killed him and why as well as keeping an eye on them boys from the thickheads.

Michelle Babb does an amazing job as always bringing the characters to life as well as giving them their own unique personalities!

Loved it lots of fun and adventure!

I was given this book for my honest review.

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Nice teen mystery

This was an enjoyable mystery with teens doing the mystery solving. They are a misfit group of girls with excellent mystery solving skills. Each girl has her own charm, but together they make a very interesting and lovable gang. Michelle Babb, as always, brought the characters to life and her narration makes the story easily flow. Her ability to distinctly show the personality of each character brings so much more to the book. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Great listen for teens or adults

Hilary McMullen and Anita Higman along with Narrator Michelle Babb did an awesome job with this story.
I really enjoyed the interaction between the boys and the girls. I couldn't turn off this book until the announcement hope you enjoyed.......
at the end I think the teens who will listen to this story will enjoy the pop quiz I know I did as an adult.
If I could give higher marks I would.
I was given this audio book from the Narrator for an unbiased review.

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Many Pertinent Themes in a Small Package

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The Ragamuffin Sisters: The Mysterious Mr. Whistler by Hillary McMullen, Anita Higman is a great example of how bigger isn’t always better. This book is quite short, read in a mere 3 1/2 hours, and yet it not only manages to include the solving of a murder mystery but also cohesively weaves together a story that includes several socially pertinent themes including bullying, domestic abuse and industrial pollution.  The Ragamuffin Sisters are sisters of the heart; a group of girls that just don’t fit in for a variety of reason and who have bonded as much for that reason as any other. The book is told from their four distinct points of view. At first it was a bit confusing but, ultimately, it served the book well. <br/><br/>The book begins with The Ragamuffin Sisters are at odds with a group of boys (ie, their tormentors), that they call the Thickheads. Over the course of the book, the Ragamuffin Sisters learn how to deal with the Thickheads instead of striking back in revenge and escalating the friction between the two groups. This growth in the characters is another example of the multiple themes in the book. <br/><br/>Michelle Babb does a fine job with the narration. She is able to give each Ragamuffin Sister her own voice and keep the book moving at a good pace. <br/><br/>I believe this book might be targeted for a younger audience and it’s an excellent choice for that group of readers but by no means exclusively. I am a far older reader and enjoyed the book very much and recommend it. <br/><br/>I was given a free copy of this book by the narrator in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own.<br/>

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The Ragamuffin Sisters

The Ragamuffin Sisters: The Mysterious Mr. Whistler
By: Hillary McMullen, Anita Higman

This middle grade mystery has both female and male main characters. It starts off a bit slowly as the personalities are being introduced. Once the mystery begins the pace picks up. The two separate groups that have been pranking each other for a long time must choose to either end the battle and work together or continue as before. The listener also will find social issues that we face in our lives. This could be considered a coming of age novel as well.


The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Michelle Babb draws the listeners into the story and made it fun.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.