Joan Lowery Nixon and Diane deGroat's first fast-paced whodunit for newly independent readers is now available in paperback. When Gus and Gertie arrive on Holiday Island, they find a haven of seagoing scallywags, riffraff, and ruffians. It isn't long before Gertie's precious deep-sea pearl is stolen--but who's to blame? The culprit is revealed by clues cleverly hidden in Gus's hastily taken snapshots. Can readers crack the case before it's too late?
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Joan Lowery Nixon is the author of more than 100 books, including The Other Side of Dark and the Orphan Train Adventures series. She is also the four-time winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Best Juvenile Mystery Award. She lives in Houston, Texas. Diane deGroat, illustrator of nearly 100 books for children, is also the author-illustrator of the Annie Pitts books and the popular stories about Gilbert the opossum. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.From Publishers Weekly:
Spirited alliteration and humorous illustrations propel this fast-paced beginning-reader whodunit. When Gus and Gertie, a pair of traveling penguins, hop off the ferryboat for their island vacation at the elegant Hotel de View, a sudden rain forces them into the nearby "Otel," Home of the Bad Guys Club. Inside, "rascally rowdies, wretched wharf rats, riffraff, and ruffians shouted and argued, pushed and shoved, and created a horrible hullabaloo." To "show them we're friendly," Gus begins snapping Polaroids of the proceedings. DeGroat's watercolors not only capture the juxtaposition of the conservative couple and the "scummiest swarm of seagoing scallywags," but after the disappearance of Gertie's "beautiful, valuable deep-sea pearl" necklace, her clever renderings of Gus's photos provide a trail to the thief. Although the scallywags ultimately help in the pursuit of the culprit, Gus and Gertie's wholehearted embrace of the bad guys (who after all collaborated in lifting her jewel) is abrupt. Still, one can hardly blame the couple: the Bad Guys look like much more fun than obtuse Gus and Gertie. Ages 6-9. (Sept.)
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