After quite a gap since I reviewed any middle grade books, two come along in quick succession – and there’s more to come!  Thanks to Mother Daughter Book Reviews, I’m pleased to be part of the blog tour for Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew, the first adventure of the Wunderkind family, by Melissa Perry Moraja.  Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post!

About the Book

Josh_and_the_Gumshoe_News_Crew_COVERe1f4ddTitle: Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew: The Super Secret | Author: Melissa Perry Moraja | Publication Date: May 5, 2014 | Publisher: Melissa Productions | Pages: 154 | Recommended Ages: 6+ (read-aloud)

Summary: Up until a few days ago, nothing extraordinary had ever happened in ten-year old Josh Wunderkind’s life – except eating a whole pot of pasta by himself. But that all changed after a mammoth-sized bird hit him smack on the face with a glob of neon green bird poop, triggering his superhuman Wunderkind ability and leaving him with the responsibility of caring for a baby bird he named Max. Now Josh was just like his older brother and twin sister Madison-super extraordinary! But what Josh didn’t realize was that being superhuman wasn’t all fun and games.

And things only got more complex in Josh’s life when his two siblings and a couple of  neighbourhood friends persuade him to lead a super crime-solving, neighbourhood news team—the Gumshoe News Crew. But not before they agree on the Super Secret and complete Gumshoe Boot Camp.

Find out what the Super Secret is.  Will the Gumshoe News Crew complete boot camp? Or will Josh let his team down?



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My Review

This is a fast-paced early chapter book with a great gang of kids and a pseudo-parrot (you’ll have to read it to find out what that means!).  Josh, his brother Jake and sister Madison have superpowers – but Josh’s are rather more dramatically revealed (and more powerful) than theirs.  There’s plenty of goo involved, that’s all I’ll reveal.

They join forces with some friends to right some wrongs, a venture which involves maps, ingenuity, commonsense, technology and duct tape.  It also involves some Robin Hood-like conclusions.

Altogether it was a fun read with lovely touches, great and believable characters, and plenty of jelly beans.  Should be plenty more fun on the way with the Gumshoe News Crew!

Bonus points for the super illustrations!

I received an ARC for review as part of this tour.


About the Author: Melissa Perry Moraja

Melissa Perry Moraja, Author
Melissa Perry Moraja

Melissa Perry Moraja, Award-Winning Author and Founder of Melissa Productions, Inc., is an entrepreneurial mom, a multifaceted business woman, a creative producer, and an author and illustrator of numerous modern-fantasy children’s books and self-help books. And that’s just the beginning! Melissa also has published articles, appeared on television, been interviewed on radio, has spoken in front of hundreds of people, and held workshops at local schools, discussing creative learning, publishing and parenting. Her desire to make a difference in her four young children’s lives inspired her to leave her six-salary career at IBM in 2007 to become a full-time mom, children’s author, speaker, and consultant. Melissa spends her personal time coaching soccer and softball, painting, and coming up with fun art projects for her kids. She also blogs for Working Mother blog, has guest blogged for Charlotte Observer Mom’s Charlotte, and has her own personal blog at Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom. Melissa is also committed to building awareness and support for type 1 diabetes. Her twin daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes November 4, 2011. To learn more about Madison’s type 1 diabetes disease please read Madison’s Story.

For more information about Melissa and her books, please visit and

Website | Wunderkind Family | Blog | Facebook (Author Fan Page)

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* Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew Blog Tour Schedule (2014) *

May 5

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

May 6

A Leisure Moment (Review)

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys (Review)

May 7

Kay LaLone I Love Books (Review)

Brooke Blogs (Review)

May 8

Alwaysjoart (Review)

Chris Weigand, Author (Review)

The Hippie Bookworm (Review)

May 9

Let’s Talk About Books (Review)

Sunshine, Bubbles & Books (Review)

May 10

Adalinc to Life (Review)

The World of ContestPatti (Review)

May 11

Oh My Bookness (Review)

Unschooling Mama (Review)

May 12

WS Momma Readers Nook (Review)

The Ninja Librarian (Review)

Kid Lit Reviews (Review)

May 13

Mel’s Shelves (Review)

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

May 14

Once Upon a Time (Review)

We Are the DinoFamily (Review)

4 The Love of Books (Review)

May 15

Dawn’s Disaster (Review)

Purple Monster Coupons (Review)

May 16

Nanna of 3 and Counting (Review)

Musings by Jay Faulkner (Review)

Lisa Cresswell (Author Interview)

May 17

Jemima Pett, Author (Review)

Storytime Books (Review)

May 18

The Squishable Baby (Review)

Stitch Says (Review)


* Blog Tour Giveaway *

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Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: June 3, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Melissa Perry Moraja and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
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15 thoughts on “Book Review & Blog Tour: Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew by Melissa Perry Moraja

  • 17 May, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Sounds like a great read for my youngest child!

    Oh, I wanted to let you know that we got the card with the cover of Princelings of the East on it. It looks amazing! Thanks again, Jemima! :O)

  • 17 May, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you so much for your amazing review of the fifth Wunderkind Family children’s chapter book! Wishing you a wonderful weekend with lots of smiles! Melissa

  • 17 May, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    This book should be perfect for a trio of girls who are daughters of friends. I call them the Little Ladies and they are huge readers.

  • 17 May, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I think every story should make room for duct tape, don’t you? lol So glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks for taking part in the Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew Blog Tour, Jemima.

    • 24 May, 2014 at 11:16 am

      The duct tape held everything together 😀

      I gather you get it in lots of different colours and patterns. I know we do black, white, silver and yellow… not sure of any others!

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  • 22 May, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Sounds like a cute story. I’ll bet my littlest would like it!

  • 22 May, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    My son loved the book too! Very nice review.

  • 30 May, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Putting this on my daughter’s sixth grade TBR list. She loves when I do this! Thanks for another great review, Jemima.

  • 31 May, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Looks like something I’d like to gift to my nephew.

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