Absolutely Truly

Absolutely Truly

Paperback - 2015
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An unsent letter in a first edition copy of Charlotte's Web leads to a hunt for treasure in this heartwarming middle grade mystery from the author of The Mother-Daughter Book Club.

Now that Truly Lovejoy's father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy's Books, a struggling bookstore that's been in the family for one hundred years.

With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy's Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edition of Charlotte's Web , which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What's inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.

Fans of Heather Vogel Frederick's Mother-Daughter Book Club series "will rejoice for a new series with a similarly cozy New England setting, great characters, and literary references to beloved classics" ( School Library Journal ).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015
ISBN: 9781442429734
1442429739

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darladoodles
Jan 17, 2018

A cozy mystery for middle grade with a recipe at the end just as it should have. Truly Lovejoy and her family are transplanted to Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, after her dad is injured in Afghanistan. She is the middle of five siblings and has hit her growth spurt before the boys her age -- hitting six feet before she has even turned thirteen.

There are many plot threads that the author ties nicely together: new girl in middle school, big town family transplanted to a small town, struggling bookstore, and more. Plus there is the mystery of the envelope Truly finds in the pages of an autographed edition of Charlotte's Web. Highly recommended!

JCLBeckyC Nov 21, 2017

Fast-paced, character-driven, cozy mystery with a strong sense of place and a large cast of quirky characters. This middle-grade fiction book is a good pick for realistic fiction fans who want to try a mystery, or for mystery lovers who care about the characters and setting more than the crime. Read-alike: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.

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orange_cat_1162
Dec 11, 2016

Really awesome book for middle school and high school! It was lots of fun to read as you joined in on the mysteries of the letter and the missing book. Pumpkin Falls has more than what meets the eye!

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PCT
Jun 10, 2016

This is such an awesome book!!!
I read it in 3 days! I couldn't put it down!

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