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The Scratch on the Ming Vase
A Nicki Haddon Mystery
By author: Caroline Stellings
Selling Points: teen detectives, martial arts, strong girls
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: Mar/01/2013
Pages: 139
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $11.95
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Born in China, Nicki was left in an orphanage before being adopted by a wealthy North American family. Now sixteen, Nicki divides her time between Hawaii and Ontario. All set to train with her kung fu Grand Master, she reports to his studio only to find him stabbed and near death. As he lapses into a coma, he begs her to find a priceless Ming dynasty vase that once belonged to Pu Yi, the boy emperor.

Over seven days of danger and deception, Nicki will rely on her wits, her martial-arts training and some unexpected allies—including Fenwick, the family butler—to uncover the criminal mastermind behind the plot to steal the vase. Along the way, she will begin to wonder about the mystery of her own past and the family she left behind in China.

Awards

CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2013


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