When Toots Rodriguez approaches Mickey on the playground, he knows something is up. Toots has come to Mickey because she's in trouble, and he's a detective. The real deal. Rumor has it that Toots stole a valuable pen. But as Mickey begins his investigation, all clues point to Toots and her newly ex-boyfriend as the primary suspects. The first book in The Mickey Rangel Mystery series for intermediate readers, author and educator René Saldaña, Jr. has crafted another appealing book for kids, and his wise-cracking, smart protagonist will appeal to even the most reluctant readers.