A newcomer to Wingate, New Hampshire, Amy Abbott lands a summer job at the exclusive Spruce Tree Lodge, forms the Graveyard Gang with new friends Sandy, Wilma, and Cathy, and solves a mystery.
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Duffy, creator of such sturdy stories as Cleaver of the Good Luck Diner and more contemplative novels by ``Pieter Van Raven'' (The Great Man's Secret), rides roughshod over expectations. Sandy Prescott and her retired friend Agatha Bates (Missing; The Man in the River) are sidelined while readers meet wealthy, lonely Amy Abbott, who has lost her father in a car accident and her mother to temporary mental instability and chronic snobbishness. When Amy becomes friends with one of the small New Hampshire town's lesser lights, Bigmouth Jenkins, she keeps the connection secret. But when Bigmouth is murdered, Amy is a prime suspect; Sandy, Agatha, and other friends in a club known as the Graveyard Gang solve the case, making the real murderer crack under pressure (he also cracks up in a car). Amy's high-strung nature is over-explained with too many recaps of her past, while information about Agatha, Sandy, and the town is shoehorned in. The dialogue is stiff and drawn out with stultifying repetitions, and the mystery is bland and predictable; the only real shocker here is its clumsy presentation. (Fiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8-- Wealthy Amy, 14, has been transplanted to the New Hampshire countryside from Boston by her depressed mother and aloof stepfather. Miserable at the thought of the long, lonely summer, she decides to make friends. She brings together four girls, the Graveyard Gang, named for their meeting place in the cemetery. What follows is a mediocre story. The mystery doesn't start until one-third of the way through. Weighted with Amy's psychological and family problems, an implausible summer job interval, and a budding romance, the book has too much happening and none of it is satisfactorily resolved. --Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA
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Book Description Atheneum, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX068419449X