Being brilliant ten-year-olds in a competitive eighth-grade honors class is a minute-by-minute challenge. Outside school even more challenges abound. When Jack the Polar Bear’s regular zoo keeper is the victim of a mysterious hit-and-run accident, Super Sleuths Sophia and Pedro find themselves investigating his replacement. A replacement whom Jack and the seals fear and distrust.
Their investigation uncovers a plot by Russian poachers to abduct Jack. Never have the stakes been higher. Instead of battling middle-school snobs and bullies, they now find themselves in the crosshairs of the Russian mob.
Susan Stoderl, a pink-haired sassy senior, is now in her third career, the first being in opera as a singer, chorister, arranger, conductor, music director, and administrator. Her second career was writing the words and music for three operas and four song cycles. Now she lives in Asheville, NC with her husband and dog Watson, a Jack Russell/Min-Pin mix. Her writing projects include her blog, “Scribbles & Thoughts” at https://www.susanstoderl.net, the "Sophia of the Bright Red Sneakers" series, and a time travel series, "The Storyteller."