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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 176
Themes: Competition, health, revenge
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Apr/2009
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Amateur detective and singing sensation Dinah Galloway has enough on her plate without having to worry about being pursued by a vengeful stalker. The red-headed twelve-year-old is in the running to sing in commercials promoting beautiful British Columbia. To clinch the job, Dinah has to get fit at a wellness retreat on Salt Spring Island. Veggies? Exercise? Yech! Grudgingly, though, Dinah admits that her lifestyle could be a little healthier. Off to Salt Spring she goes, along with the two other finalists: one friendly, the other the last word in sulky. Her friends Talbot and Pantelli make their usual disruptive appearances, along with Dinah's ever-anxious mother and cool, elegant sister Madge. Hoping to shed not only pounds but her crazed pursuer, Dinah learns the true meaning of personal best—it truly is how you play the game, not whether you win or lose.

Booklist
"Readers will embrace high-energy Dinah, the story's surprise revelations, and the slapsticks pranks, including a memorable fart-cushion incident that's sure to please the middle-grade audience."
CM Magazine
"Followers of this lively series set in British Columbia will be in for a treat as they re-connect to the liveliest 12-year-old on the west coast. Recommended."
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"[There are] moments of brilliance like when Dinah realizes that she wears her weight as a mask, to hide her feelings of inadequacy...There are some wonderful cliff-hanger endings on many of the chapters."
School Library Journal
"Dinah's fans will enjoy this new escapade...There are many plot twists to keep readers guessing who is trying to sabotage Dinah, but her thorough detective work and help from true friends will catch the "Queen of Disguise" in action. Readers will appreciate this strong-willed, sassy heroine who has a heart of gold."
Puget Sound Council
"Fans of Melanie Jackson's Dinah Galloway mysteries will not be disappointed in the latest book in the series...This is a fun mystery series for girls who don't mind imperfections in their main characters."

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CCBC Best Books  | 2010 | Commended
M.Y.R.C.A nominee  | 2011 | Short-listed

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