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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: cottages, summer jobs, mystery, sleuthing, holidays, troublemaking, pranks, crime
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/10/2013
Fry Reading Level: 3.4
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Dylan and his friends attract the attention of the police when a summer bonfire gets out of control. Dylan almost loses a job opportunity at a local inn because of his antics, but he is saved by the lies of Heather, an employee of the inn. When he is caught on camera stealing towels from a summer cottage after a skinny-dipping prank, Dylan and his friends become suspects in a number of cottage robberies. Dylan learns everything he can about the robberies, with the hope of clearing his name, and finds himself in more than one sticky situation in the process.

The Deakin Review of Children's Literature - May 20, 2015
"A quick read, recommended for preteens and teens looking for a relatable, funny story with some important take aways."
Booklist - November 1, 2013
"A solid, interesting, never-too-threatening mystery."
CM Magazine - October 11, 2013
"Action-packed, with everything a mystery aimed for this age group needs. Intrigue, misdirection, a hint of romance, some not-so-bad bad guys, some truly bad bad guys, and an intelligent young detective...Along with a very likeable main character, Loughead’s small town and support characters come alive...An enjoyable, fast-paced read with a good cast of characters, a plausible plot, realistic dialogue and language that is appropriate for the intended readers. Highly Recommended."
Resource Links - October 1, 2013
"A fabulous addition to Orca Current library...Loughhead constructs her characters carefully...Through it all, we really like Dylan, despite cringing over some of his choices, and are relieved at the end when all comes out well. It is to Loughead's credit that while narrative expectations led us to expect a satisfactory ending, Dylan's story in no way ensures one."

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Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2013 | Commended

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