Literature / Teen Power Inc.

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Teen Power Inc., also known as Raven Hill Mysteries is a kids crime series created by Emily Rodda of Deltora Quest fame.

The books follow a group of six broke teenagers who team up to earn money taking local, part-time jobs as a group. These jobs inevitably plunge the teens in the midst of crimes or adventures, and in some ways it is a modern Australian successor to The Famous Five.

The series, originally published in the mid-90s, has been reprinted as Raven Hill Mysteries.

This series provides examples of:

  • Adventure Towns: The teens seemingly cannot go anywhere without having a new adventure.
  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Sunny is the only Asian main character. She's an expert at tae-kwon-do. To be fair, this is portrayed as a result of her being the sporty one of the group, and her love of jogging, acrobatics and other athletic pursuits is emphasised (often moreso).
  • Amateur Sleuth: All six kids.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Of the three girls, Richelle is the beauty, Liz is the brains and Sunny is the brawn. Clouded slightly in the sense that sometimes Sunny is the brains, in terms of being the most level-headed and difficult to manipulate or distract.
  • Big Eater: Tom.
  • Birds of a Feather: Most obvious with Nick and Richelle. Liz and Elmo may also qualify.
  • Bookworm: Elmo.
  • Bound and Gagged: Happens many times to the Kid Detectives.
  • The Bus Came Back: The Wolf, a criminal first featured in #6 Beware of the Gingerbread House makes a reappearance in #30 Dead End.
  • The Case Of: #16 The Case of Crazy Claude.
  • The Chick: Richelle, oh so much.
  • Clear My Name: In #30 Dead End, The Wolf hires six Teen Power lookalikes to frame the gang for causing trouble. This of course leads to the real gang getting to the bottom of it in order to clear their names.
  • Dead Pan Snarker: Nick occasionally.
  • Dumb Blonde: Richelle, at least in the books not told from her POV. When the reader gets to see inside Richelle's head, it becomes clear that she actually is quite intelligent.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • The Hero: Liz
    • The Lancer: Nick or Tom, depending on the story.
    • The Smart Guy: Elmo or Nick, depending on the story. Elmo takes this role when local or bookworm knowledge is required, Nick takes this role when financial knowledge is needed.
    • The Big Guy: Sunny
    • The Chick: Richelle or Tom, depending on the story. At least, sometimes it's Richelle and Tom.
  • Free-Range Children: The more common free range teens.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Three boys and three girls.
  • Granola Girl: Liz is a mild example.
  • It's All About Me: Richelle sometimes makes her self-interest rather obvious.
  • Kid Detective: Six teen detectives.
  • Kid Hero: Obviously.
  • Little Miss Badass: Sunny is a black belt in tae-kwon-do, which often is the first thing the other characters think of when their lives are threatened. However, she hardly ever uses this.
  • Mystery Fiction
  • Nice Guy: Elmo.
  • Only Sane Man: Sometimes Sunny can take this role, mostly because she can't be manipulated or tricked easily. Nick thinks he's this.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Tom can fall into this.
  • Plucky Girl: Liz and Sunny.
  • Police Are Useless: Not anywhere near as bad as The Famous Five, but the six kids help out an awful lot more than you'd hope would be necessary with an efficient, local police force.
  • The Quiet One: Sunny.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Handily averted, as the gang are formed primarily for making extra money during the school holidays.
  • Sixth Ranger: Elmo wasn't a member of the gang in the first book.
  • Spoiled Brat: Richelle and Nick.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The series rotates the role of narrator among the six members of the core cast.
  • The Team: Teen Power, obviously.
  • Team Mom: Liz.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Sunny and Richelle respectively.
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