Emil and the Detectives
I loved this book. Its a beautifully written children's classic adventure story, set in Germany, written with some lovely subtle humour and good old-fashioned family values. The version I bought also had some truly delightful illustrations. I bought it for my nephew but I don't see why it wouldn't appeal to girls as well. Truly "a little masterpiece" - I was rather sad to wrap it up and send it off.