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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: murder mystery, long-buried secrets,crime-solving teens, spousal abuse, LGBTQ
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 27/Aug/2019
Fry Reading Level: 2.7
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Sixteen-year-old Penny has moved with her mom and huge dog, Ollie, to live above a small-town pub owned by her aunt. It's a relief to start over in a place where no one knows her father is in prison.

It's summer, and the only person she knows is her nerdy cousin Simon. Soon she meets Simon's best friend, Brent, and Brent's twin sister, Tara, and their pug, Wolfgang.

When Ollie digs up a human bone in the backyard of the pub, police are called. It turns out the bone is over twenty years old. Who can the dead person be? Surely Aunt Stella can't be involved.

Penny and Simon decide to investigate. Together with Brent and Tara, they form The Crime Club. And before long they discover one thing: if you've killed before, you can kill again.

Kirkus Reviews
"Fun thriller...An accessible thriller for reluctant readers."
Dr. Larry Recommends
“A breezy engaging read, particularly for reluctant readers.”
“Campbell’s intriguing, plot-driven mystery for high-low readers will hold teens’ attention and keep them guessing.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Written in a simple and straightforward way with short sentences and an easy vocabulary, making it an excellent choice for a struggling reader or a reader learning English. The fast pace and plot focus will also please any reader looking for a quick mystery read.”
Must Read Literature: K thru YA
“This is a very good book for hi/lo readers who like a quick trip through a plot to the resolution without a lot of detours. Middle and high school libraries will want to stock this one as much for its very navigable plot as for its interesting characters.”

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