Kate Warne, Pinkerton Detective by Marissa MossKate Warne, Pinkerton Detective by Marissa Moss

Kate Warne, Pinkerton Detective

byMarissa MossIllustratorApril Chu

Hardcover | May 26, 2017

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When Kate Warne applied for a job with the Pinkerton Agency, Pinkerton assumed she wanted to cook or clean, but he agreed to try her out as an agent. Assigned to a tough case with high stakes, Warne went undercover and not only found the stolen money, she got almost all of it returned. The Adams Express Case made the reputation of the fledgling Pinkerton Agency, turning it into the biggest, most prestigious detective company in the world. Warne went on to direct an entire women's division of detectives and Pinkerton relied on her for his hardest cases. A history well worth knowing! Curriculum guide available at www.crestonbooks.co.
Marissa Moss: Marissa Moss has written more than 50 books for children. Her popular Amelia's Notebook series has sold millions of copies and been translated into five languages. April Chu: April Chu began her career as an architect with a degree from the University of California, Berkeley, but decided to return to her true passion of...
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Title:Kate Warne, Pinkerton DetectiveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:44 pages, 10 × 11 × 0.51 inPublished:May 26, 2017Publisher:Creston BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1939547334

ISBN - 13:9781939547330

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Young Kate Warne walks into the Pinkerton Detective Agency equipped only with courage, creativity, and the ability to tell a good story and steps straight into the imagination of her readers. Detailed and humorous illustrations complement a fast-paced biography framed as a mystery. Readers will delight in this accessible portrait of a clever detective who used her courage and conviction to solve crimes and open doors for other enterprising women. With the need for more stories about historical women who overcame the prejudices of the day and had the adventurous life that draws young reader, librarians will want to include this in their collections. Kate shows that reading books does matter and will help you success in the future. This may inspire a few future detectives." - Anni West LaPrise, Huron School District"Young readers will love meeting the fascinating Kate Warne in this exciting mystery within a biography. Gorgeous art perfectly captures the intrigue while the fast-paced high profile case will keep readers flying through the pages. Sure to please a wide audience." - Jenna Friebel, Oak Park Public Library"Fresh, informative with the 'pop' of a well-crafted STING! Both boys and girls along with their families will be rooting for Kate - from her coup as first female detective at the Pinkerton Agency to cracking the case with the help of BOOKS. The illustrative style can't be beat." - Cynthia Callander, Vero Beach Book Center, Vero Beach, FL Moss tackles an important incident in the life of Kate Carter - aka Kate Warne - the first female professional private detective in the United States. Accompanied by Chu's historical-period visuals, Moss begins with Allan Pinkerton's hiring of Kate Warne, an ambitious, adventurous white woman who talks her way into the job, before getting to the nub of this story: Warne's undercover work in disentangling the theft of $40,000 from a courier's secure pouch. The sinuous trap laid by the detectives involved in the case - all Pinkerton men and one Pinkerton woman - is colorful enough to withstand the necessarily telegraphic narrative that Moss employs to fit the story into picture-book format. There is double-dealing and spying and subterfuge, close calls and traps and brain work, melding the story into a thriller and highlighting the talents and qualities that a woman brings to what is misconceived as a man's job. Moss has picked a special moment in time as well as a special woman, spelled out in an author's note: Pinkerton's beginnings marked the turning of detective work to professionals. In Chu's sepia-toned illustrations, Warne wears a determined expression, matched by the scowls of the villains, which recall such great historical yarns as The Great Train Robbery. A cinematic treatment of derring-do and yet another testament to the importance of women in the historical evolution of the United States. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)With the need for more stories about historical women who overcame the prejudices of the day and had the adventurous life that draws young readers, librarians will want to include this in their collections. Kate shows that reading books does matter and will help you succeed in the future. This may inspire a few future detectives."Kate Warne made history by becoming the first female detective in the U.S., and this beautifully illustrated biography offers details of her early career. After impressing Allan Pinkerton with her argument for the importance of women detectives, she's assigned an embezzlement case, and she poses as a society lady to earn the trust of a suspect's wife. With her quick thinking, cool attitude, and superior observation skills, Kate befriends the woman and learns key details about the crime.Thanks to her excellent work on her first case, she eventually heads up Pinkerton's women's division. Chu's full-bleed, antique-toned illustrations have a cinematic flair, which nicely heightens the dramatic tension.In a story infused with mystery, Moss (the Amelia's Notebook series) introduces Kate Warne, who became the first woman detective in the U.S after being hired by the Pinkerton Agency in 1856. The brunt of the book follows Warne through an early case involving $40,000 in stolen funds, during which she adopted an alias and befriended the wife of the prime suspect. Chu (Ada Bryon Lovelace and the Thinking Machine) amplifies the story's intrigue in shadowy scenes that capture the unfolding game of cat and mouse.This fascinating picture book biography spotlights a woman about whom little is known. In 1856, Kate Warne applied for a job as a detective for the Pinkerton Agency. Thinking she was there to apply for a cleaning or secretarial post, Allan Pinkerton told her that he had no openings in those areas. Good thing she was there for a detective position! She gave him a convincing argument as to why she would be perfect for the job: she could go places male detectives couldn't and befriend ladies for information acquisition! Her first assignment was to identify a money thief and hopefully recover the purloined cash, which she did to Pinkerton's delight. She was put in charge of the women's detective division and mentored subsequent female associates. This is a great 'girl power' resource as well as an interesting history lesson. Moss's enthusiasm for her subject is apparent, and Chu's illustrations, created with pencil on paper, then colored digitally, nicely support the story. The four fonts are appropriate for the historic look and feel. Back matter is comprised of an author's note, bibliography, and brief information about the author and illustrator. Recommended for ages 6 to 9. - Becky Walton, MLIS, Collection Development"