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An old, yellowed postcard...a creepy phone call with a raspy voice at the other end asking, "So how smart are you?"...an entourage of freakish funeral goers....a bizarre magazine story. All contain clues that will send him on a thrilling journey to uncover family secrets.
Award-winning author Tony Abbott weaves an intriguing and entertaining mystery of adventure, friendship and family.
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By SoCalBonnie on 08-02-09
Edgar Award Winner for kids
I bought this by accident; grabbed it off the Award Winner list thinking it was the "Edgar Award Winner, Best Fact Crime, 2009" but in reality it was the "Edgar Award Winner, Best Juvenile, 2009."
Still, it was enjoyable, the kind of book I would've been all over as a kid. All the stuff that used to be my favorite plot devices: absent, distracted or "hands-off" parents, mysterious strangers with unknown motives, an attractive but initially stand-offish member of the opposite sex who becomes a trusted parter, and lots of clues that lead the two on a treasure hunt.
The treasure? Appreciating and understanding a grandmother's past in a way that helps a parent through a bad patch. The kids get to save the day in this story... but only if they can solve the mystery in time.
The narrator was pretty good. He often made me laugh at his portrayal of the main character's frequent bewilderment: "Whaa-aa-at?"
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