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Coffin on a Case

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When Lily Larson walks through the door of the Coffin and Pate Detective Agency, twelve-year-old Henry Coffin's heart skips a beat Is this gorgeous girl who keeps crying "I've lost ... I've lost ..." going to be his father's next client? It's like a dream come true -- until Henry learns that what Lily thinks she has lost is her mother ... and for the fourth time!But Lilys mother really has disappeared, and while Mr. Coffin is away on business, Henry suddenly finds himself riding around L.A. in Lilys big red car, tracking down clues they hope will lead them to Lily's mother.Unfortunately, only Lily's mother knows that following those clues may also lead them to their deaths.

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Eve Buntingis the winner of the Golden Kite Award and the three-time recipient of the Best Work of Fiction Award of the Southern CaliforniaCouncil on Literature for Children and Young People. She has written more than one hundred books for young readers, including is Anybody There ?; Our Sixth-Grade Sugar Babies, a Best Book of 1990 (School Library Journal); Sharing Susan; and Coffin on a Case, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, given by the Mystery Writers of America.

Ms. Bunting was born in Ireland and now lives in southern California.

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Grade 3-6-- Henry Coffin, the 12-year-old son of a private investigator, spends the summer before seventh grade realizing a long-held fantasy as he helps a high-school ``gorgeous babe'' find her kidnapped mother. Complete with dark basements, slimy pools, stolen art objects, and threatening kidnappers, the mystery unfolds skillfully and swiftly, aided by a breezy, humorous style. Henry's hero is Sam Spade, whom he imitates with a tough, macho swagger that, while often witty and tongue-in-cheek, is also frequently sexist. That his mother has been missing since Henry was an infant adds a touch of poignancy to his cool pose. The suspenseful story, simple style, and fast pace will hold the interest of even the most reluctant readers. --Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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