Friday, December 19, 2014

Jocelyn Wants To Tell You About Her Latest Book Crush
An unsent letter in a first edition copy of Charlotte’s Web leads to a hunt for treasure in this heartwarming middle grade mystery from the author of The Mother-Daughter Book Club.

Now that Truly Lovejoy’s father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy’s Books, a struggling bookstore that’s been in the family for one hundred years.

With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy’s Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edition of Charlotte’s Web, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What’s inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.
Jocelyn says:
"Truly Lovejoy, a 12 year old 7th grader who is almost 6 ft tall, and has 4 siblings and 2 loving parents-except her dad just got sent home from Afghanistan minus one arm- which has changed him into the Silent Man.

An unexpected move to their grandparent's picturesque town of Pumpkin Falls, NH- from Texas---seriously- could the town be more hicksville?

The family business is now the beloved town book store they inherited, since her dad's life of flying helicopters and airplanes is over.  Another new school that- WHAT? requires dance lessons????? And finally, a mystery that Truly solves- with the help of some new friends.

Loving extended family, great animals make appearances, decent friends and townspeople, mild mystery, cool teachers even a nice lunchroom at school. And best of all- the dad starts to heal by the end of the book.

It's really a great read for the older side of mid-grade.  I loved loved loved it!"

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