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.
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"A lively musical jingle sets the stage for this sweet story about family, friendships, and rediscovering love. When Truly's grandparents join the Peace Corps, her family is left with the task of running the failing bookstore in Pumpkin Falls. Narrator Amy Rubinate's range of pitches and speech patterns depicts the colorful characters who inhabit the small town. Rubinate's clear diction and crisp, effervescent delivery of dialogue add to the fast pace of the imaginative mystery that unfolds when Truly discovers a letter in a valuable edition of CHARLOTTE'S WEB. While Rubinate's modulations are sometimes overdone, her voice for the young protagonist is springy and light, effectively capturing Truly's youth, curiosity, and likability. M.F. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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