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A hard-to-prove art heist in New York City becomes a mystery for ninja detective Randi Rhodes in this second book in a series full of humor, adventure, and heart from Academy Award–winning actress Octavia Spencer.

Randi Rhodes and her fellow ninja detectives, DC and Pudge, were flying high after solving the Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit. But life in sleepy Deer Creek has begun to feel…a bit boring. There are no crimes to investigate! But a trip to New York City to visit Randi’s aunt changes that! While the ninja detective trio explores Randi’s old neighborhood in Brooklyn, they uncover an art theft. Except no one will believe them. So they’ll just have to catch the criminals in the act...

About The Author

Photograph (c) Randee St. Nicholas

A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, Octavia Spencer has become a familiar fixture on both television and silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in the DreamWorks feature film The Help won her a 2012 Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award, among countless other honors. Octavia is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. She lives in Los Angeles. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit was her first novel.

About The Illustrator

Vivienne To has illustrated several books, including The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins and the Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective series by Octavia Spencer. As a child, she had two pet mice escape. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, with her partner and her ginger cat. Visit her at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 31, 2015)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442476868
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Lexile ® 680L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

this novel will keep young readers guessing...readers will appreciate Randi’s determination to make a difference. A quick read about a girl sleuth whose fiery determination will leave readers wanting Book 2.

– Kirkus Reviews, on The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit

An entertaining, suspenseful read.

– Booklist, on The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit

A host of quirky supporting characters provide warmth in this cozy little mystery while Randi herself is eminently likable, an appealing mixture of bravado and vulnerability as she tries to crack the case, negotiate her relationship with her dad, and come to terms with her mother’s recent death. Academy Award–winner-turned-author Spencer lays out an inviting mystery perfectly suited for younger readers.

– Bulletin, on The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit

Spencer has created a clever mystery ....Providing a list of ninja tasks at the end of the book, she may make heroes of us all.

– Booklist Online

Good sleuthing fun.

– Kirkus Reviews

This book will satiate any young detective’s thirst for mystery.

– School Library Journal

Awards and Honors

  • Alabama Author's Award

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