Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goertz
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When is an outdoor basketball court like the great detective Sherlock Holmes’ London address? When new found friends Jamila and Shirley try to save their summer vacation! 10-year-olds Jamila Waheed and Shirley Bones realize they have the same dilemma: a boring summer spent at camps chosen by their mothers. Undaunted, the two form a plan: as long as they're together at the nearby basketball court, basketball enthusiast Jamila can shoot hoops unsupervised while Shirley dabbles in strange undertakings and receives visits from neighborhood kids. When a frantic boy asks Shirley to find a missing gecko, it turns out that Shirley has actual kid detective skills. Her motto is solving "problems that adults can't or won't." And Jamila can't stand by when someone needs help, so they leave the court and the game's afoot (as that other skilled detective used to say). With an inclusive cast of dynamic characters, this expressive, heartwarming whodunit is, at its core, a story about friendship.