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.
About the Author
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.
"There's never a dull moment in Pumpkin Falls with Truly Lovejoy on the case in this contemporary, feel-good series opener." — Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of the author's Mother-Daughter Book Club books will rejoice for a new series with a similarly cozy New England setting, great characters, and literary references to beloved classics. . . . Readers will relish meeting the town's diverse community of characters. . . . This book is laden with bookish references . . . that will delight young bibliophiles as they curl up and enjoy the quaint town of Pumpkin Falls." — School Library Journal
“Well-developed characters, a cozy community, and an intriguing mystery will warm hearts and pique readers’ curiosity.” — Publishers Weekly
“A cozy tale touched with meaningful, heartening realism.” — Booklist
"Calling all book lovers--this one looks like a gentle winner." — The Christian Science Monitor
Frederick, author of the Mother-Daughter Book Club, does a remarkable job of keeping this story suspenseful. There really must be more Pumpkin Falls mysteries to come! — Library Media Connection