Mission #1: The Nobbled Numbskull
Carson Road School's soccer team has a problem. Their star player has missed three matches in a row.
Coincidence? Bad luck?
Frankie and Olly don't think so.
The boys set out to investigate the situation even though the school's best player is not their favourite person.
Why would anyone want to sabotage the team?
The GummShoe Gang is on the case.
What are people saying about Gummshoes?
I had only planned to read a few pages of this book last night to help me fall asleep, but the characters and the story were so engaging that the fun within the pages won out over sleep. E.J. Gore paced the book well, enabling the reader to absorb each new bit of information while trying to determine who the culprit was.
It was hard to feel sorry for Nits, being that he was such a bully to those who were trying to help him, but with Frankie also not wanting to play in any more soccer games, I could understand the motivation for the junior sleuths to continue. I liked how Olly and Frankie took Binka under their wing and stood up for him when he was subjected to bullying.
Gummshoes' ‘Mission 1: The Nobbled Numbskull’ not only provided great entertainment in the solving of a great mystery, but also showed the nasty effects of bullying in schools, and how standing together against the bullies can make a big impact in building the confidence of bullying victims. I feel that this book should be stocked in school libraries and recommend this book to children in the 7-12 age group.
- Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
School is a place where wits can keep a bully at arms length and to also help assess what doesn't make sense socially.
The GummShoes series begins with a sabotage whodunit in terms of finding the person responsible for causing setbacks to the school soccer team and its best player.
With some obstructions caused by occasional negative attitudes and manipulation by some schoolmates, brainpower and positive friendships eventually connects all the clues to solve the mystery.
Nicholas R.W. Henning - Australian Author
Synopsis: When Frankie and Olly discover someone is sabotaging the school soccer team, they need to investigate who is the saboteur.
What did I think? – This book was very interesting. The story line was very interesting and, as well as being a great story, it also has some helpful tips for dealing with bullies.
Who else would like it? – People who are late primary and early secondary school would like it. It is also a good book for people who might be being bullied.
Zac (aged 12)