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Mystery on Magnolia Circle

Author: Kate Klise; with illustrations by Celia Krampien

Mystery on Magnolia Circle

Mystery on Magnolia Circle


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Rear Window meets Nancy Drew in this middle-grade novel by Kate Klise about a girl who believes she has witnessed a crime
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Rear Window meets Nancy Drew in this middle-grade novel by Kate Klise about a girl who believes she has witnessed a crime

What happens when two best friends take on the world’s worst summer?

On the first day of vacation, ten-year-old Ivy Crowden falls down the stairs and breaks her leg. Stuck in a plaster cast, she’s certain her summer is doomed. Not even Teddy, her neighbor and best friend, can cheer her up because he’s dealing with his own pain: the loss of a beloved dog.

But when Ivy witnesses a possible burglary from her living room window, her summer takes a sudden turn from meh to mysterious. Who are the criminals? Might a classmate be involved? And . . . uh-oh. A second mystery is nipping at Ivy’s heels. Cue the best friends, the best dog, and the best chance that summer can be saved!

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Winner, Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award

"In this swiftly paced adventure inspired by Rear Window, active, overachieving, Ivy Crowden breaks her leg on the last day of fourth grade. Stuck in a full leg cast until August, Ivy must cancel her summer plans. ... Klise’s diction captures age-appropriate cadence while drawing sympathetic characters in this multi-mystery novel."Publishers Weekly

Praise for Stay: A Girl, A Dog, A Bucket List

2018 ALSC/ALA Notable Children's Book
An Iowa Public Radio Best Book of 2017

"Who says bucket lists are just for humans? Not the Klise sisters, who gracefully trace a girl’s growing awareness of her dog’s impending death. Evocative acrylics amplify the matter-of-fact narrative, showing Astrid growing taller and more active as Eli slows down." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Quirky and delightful on its surface, this poignant picture book opens the door to deeper considerations of eventual loss. A tender tension between the author’s ebullient text and her illustrator sister’s touching acrylic paintings...delicately suggests the inevitable without any overt occurrence. The framed photos on the living-room walls and the apparent subject matter of the pair’s library books (they’re all about dogs) communicate even more about...the precious value of taking care of the ones you love." —The Horn Book, starred review

"The full-page, warm, pastel-colored illustrations perfectly match the text and make the book all the more wonderful. This is a story about making the best of and appreciating the (brief) time we have with our loved ones—in this case our pets, though the title easily applies to grandparents and other aging loved ones." —School Library Journal

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Mystery on Magnolia Circle

Mystery on Magnolia Circle