Monday, January 12, 2015
by Heather Vogel Frederick
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.
I absolutely loved this novel by Heather Vogel Frederick! It took a few chapters to really hook me, but once it did I couldn't put it down. Absolutely Truly features stellar characters, scrumptious settings, and a puzzling plot that ultimately leads to a fantastic finale. Great themes of family, friendship, and perseverance are all wrapped up in this fun-filled middle grade mystery. I highly recommend this novel to readers from the ages of eight to twelve.
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