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Format:
Title:
Absolutely Truly
ISBN:
9781442429727

9781442429734
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
Physical Description:
355 pages ; 22 cm.
Series title(s):
Summary:
"Twelve-year-old Truly Lovejoy's family moves to a small town to take over a bookstore. Soon, she has to solve two mysteries involving a missing book and an undelivered letter"-- Provided by publisher.
Reading Level:
Ages 8-12.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.2 16 Quiz: 63968.
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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

Heather Vogel Frederick is the award-winning author of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, Absolutely Truly , the Patience Goodspeed books, the Spy Mice series, and Once Upon a Toad . An avid fan of all things maple, Heather and her husband have recently been transplanted from Portland, Oregon, back to New England, close to where Heather grew up. You can learn more about the author and her books at HeatherVogelFrederick.com.

Charles Santoso loves drawing little things in his little journal and dreaming about wondrous stories. He gathers inspiration from his childhood memories, and curiosities he discovers in his everyday travels. He has illustrated several picture books, including I Don't Like Koala by Sean Ferrell. Charles also works as a visual development artist, creating illustrations for feature film projects. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia. You can visit him at CharlesSantoso.com.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Fans of the author's "Mother-Daughter Book Club" books (S. & S.) will rejoice for a new series with a similarly cozy New England setting, great characters, and literary references to beloved classics. Shortly after winter break, Truly Lovejoy finds herself at yet another school, in another state. The middle child of five, things haven't been the same in her family since "Black Monday" when her usually good-humored father was injured during his last tour in Afghanistan, losing an arm. Having to adjust to what this means for her father's career, the family finds themselves in his hometown-Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire-so that he and Truly's aunt can take over the family bookstore. The mystery begins when Truly finds a note tucked inside a signed, first edition copy of Charlotte's Web, which sends the protagonist and her new friends on a treasure hunt through town. Though this story really pushes the "middle school private eye" trope, the mystery is not the driving force; other plot lines carry the story. Readers will relish meeting the town's diverse community of characters, exploring Truly's now tenuous relationship with her father who is struggling with PTSD, and the plight to save the bookstore from imminent ruin. The book is laden with bookish references, such as Jane Yolen's Owl Moon, that will delight young bibliophiles as they curl up and enjoy the quaint town of Pumpkin Falls.- Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library, OR (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Six months ago, 12-year-old Truly Lovejoy's life was perfect: her military family had finally settled down in Texas, and she was beginning to make friends. That was before Truly's army pilot father lost an arm in Afghanistan and decided to move the family to his hometown to take over his parents' failing bookstore. This first installment of Frederick's Pumpkin Falls Mystery series, starring an endearing middle schooler who bemoans both her name and her towering height, focuses on themes of adjustment, small-town life, and teamwork. Stuck in a "population you've-got-to-be-kidding-me Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire" during "the coldest winter on record," Truly is distracted from her disappointment when she discovers a letter tucked inside one of the bookshop's rarest books. Soon she's on a treasure hunt, trying to find clues to a 20-year-old puzzle involving two young lovers. There are conflicts with bullies along the way, but Truly also makes an assortment of friends and acquaintances, including some eccentric citizens. Well- developed characters, a cozy community, and an intriguing mystery will warm hearts and pique readers' curiosity. Ages 8-12. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

Moving from Texas to New Hampshire, displaced 12-year-old Truly Lovejoy finds herself solving two local mysteries while adjusting to small-town life. Everything changes when Truly's Army pilot father loses an arm in Afghanistan and returns home depressed, causing her parents to unexpectedly relocate to rural Pumpkin Falls to manage her grandparents' failing bookshop. Just under 6 feet tall and worried she won't fit in, Truly's surprised how quickly she feels part of both school and community as she helps in the bookshop, tries out for the swim team and practices ballroom dancing for Cotillion at the Winter Festival. Convinced a signed, first edition of Charlotte's Web she's discovered will alleviate the bookshop's financial woes, Truly's determined to catch the thief when the volume vanishes. Meanwhile, a cryptic message she finds inside the book triggers an elaborate treasure hunt as Truly and her new friends decipher clues leading them to hair-raising escapades in the library, church bell tower and covered bridge. Truly tells her story in a relaxed voice, allowing readers to warm to her genuine, self-effacing, humorous, foot-in-her-mouth persona along with her realistically portrayed, fun-loving family and a bevy of eccentric Pumpkin Falls locals. There's never a dull moment in Pumpkin Falls with Truly Lovejoy on the case in this contemporary, feel-good series opener. (pumpkin whoopie pie recipe) (Mystery. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Truly Lovejoy's dad loses his arm while piloting helicopters in Afghanistan, and now her whole life is in disarray. Instead of living in sunny Austin near her best friend, she, along with her parents and four siblings, has to move to sleepy Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, where her dad will try to save his parents' struggling bookstore. She feels terribly awkward and out of place especially because at almost six feet tall, she towers over the rest of her seventh-grade class but when she discovers an enigmatic letter tucked in a signed first edition of Charlotte's Web (a treasure that could easily solve the bookstore's financial woes), she follows the clues to uncover a 20-year-old secret and makes new friends along the way. Frederick's idyllic small town is charming as all get-out, and its residents are a quirky bunch to boot. Strung through the odd, small-town antics, however, is Truly's struggle to reconnect with her dad, who is withdrawn and angry after his life-altering accident. A cozy tale touched with meaningful, heartening realism.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist