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Great Writers and Kids Write Mystery Stories

Kellerman, Jonathan; Turow, Scott; Nixon, Joan Lowery; McCrumb, Sharyn; Hornsby, Wendy; Kaminsky, Stuart M.

ISBN 10: 0679979395 / ISBN 13: 9780679979395
Published by Random House Books, 1996
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Title: Great Writers and Kids Write Mystery Stories

Publisher: Random House Books

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Gahan Wilson

Book Condition: Good

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A collection of shadowy mystery stories includes works by prominent mystery authors and their children and grandchildren, including Jonathan Kellerman, Scott Turow, Joan Lowery Nixon, and Carole Nelson Douglas.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Sleuths eager for less formulaic company than Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys will enjoy this pulse-quickening second collection of collaborations between writers and children (Great Writers and Kids Write Spooky Stories, 1995, not reviewed). A brief introduction by Morgan and Weinberg defines the elements of a good mystery, as well as its many sub-genres (the cozy, the police procedural, etc.), then the fun begins as bodies start to drop. Sharyn McCrumb and her children choose the unlikely setting of an old-age home for a compelling mystery about the disappearance of a child years ago that continues to haunt one of the elderly patients; readers will love the McCrumbs' wry tone, the crusty but endearing geriatric characters, and the memorable and disturbing ending. A similar sense of the sinister charges Ed and son Joe Gorman's tale of the inexplicable rise to popularity of a high school nerd. Scott Turow and daughter Eve offer more of a fairy tale than a whodunnit--a mystery concerning the human heart. Stuart Kaminsky and daughter Lucy play a varying riff on a family's twisted relations, where a mother's seeming devotion leads to the permanent damage of her son. Whether readers go through these contributions front-to-back or pick and choose among them, the collection provides both an opportunity and a motive for diversion. (Short stories. 8+) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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