"You don't have to be tough all the time."
Don't try to tell that to twelve year old Randi Rhodes. It's six o'clock in the morning and three stories down below her window a man in a navy suit is checking to be sure no one is watching as he and his dog destroy yet another neighborhood flower garden. He has no idea that a detective has just captured his crime on camera. That detective is black belt in karate, twelve year old Randi Rhodes.
Someone has to deal with the petty crimes in Brooklyn that the police don't have the resources to solve. Randi is that someone. But life is about to change for Randi because her father is moving them to Deer Creek Tennessee where the family visited each summer while Randi's mother was still alive.
Deer Creek is a small town and as far as Randi can tell it's the center of Boringville USA. Then, she and her father join in the celebration as the town prepares itself for a visit from the President of the United States and a special moment when the town's two hundred year old time capsule will be opened.
This celebration is important because with all the publicity and excitement of hosting the President everyone is hoping the town will get put back on the map and tourists will once again plan their vacations for Deer Creek. The lives of many business people are hanging in the balance. The future of the town is at stake.
Randi with her keen eye for clues and her sharp ability to deduce the facts is about to find herself searching an empty haunted house and using her highly effective karate moves against a team of Secret Service agents. A twelve year old girl teaming with a boy named D.C. who battles asthma might prove to be an unbeatable team.
This story is a blend of kids dealing with some difficult feelings and grown up problems and a mystery chock full of adventure and action.
Ages 8-11 201 pages 978-1442476813