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Absolutely Truly

by Heather Vogel Frederick

Published by Simon & Schuster, 2014
355 pages
ISBN: 978𢴒424-29727

Ages 9-13

Truly Lovejoy is 搒mack dab in the middle of her family of five kids. At 511, however, she towers over just about everyone both at home and in the seventh grade at her new school in her dad抯 hometown of Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire. The town is as quaint as its name there抯 even a winter cotillion for all seventh graders. They抳e moved because her dad, a military veteran, lost a hand in Afghanistan. While his physical recovery has been progressing, he抯 having a harder time emotionally. With Truly抯 Aunt True, he抯 taking over his parents bookstore while Truly抯 grandparents head off to the Peace Corps and her mom goes back to school. When Truly finds a twenty-year-old letter hinting at unresolved romance inside a signed first edition of Charlotte抯 Web in the bookstore, she抯 soon collaborating with the new friends she抯 making in the hopes of figuring out who the recipient and sender are and tracking them down. Then the copy of Charlotte抯 Web valuable enough to get the bookstore out of debt disappears, too. A true 揷ozy for kids, this mystery has a few edges, but just the right amount of weight and authenticity to the family story and interactions to add emotional depth. Pumpkin Falls is refreshing and believably diverse, with its share of quirky yet credible small-town characters.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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