*A Junior Library Guild Selection
"Colorful, quirky, and full of heart, with an ending readers won’t forget."
- Ingrid Law, Newbery Honor-winning author of Savvy, Scumble, and Switch
"A whimsical, heartwarming, multilayered story about finding grace enough to accept the flaws in those we
love and courage enough to act from our most deeply held beliefs."
- Kirkus Reviews
"This moving and emotional coming-of-age story tackles themes of racism, friendship, and growing up. . . . An absorbing work of historical fiction."
- School Library Journal
"Lawson makes skillful and powerful use of magical realism to approach a host of topics... the journey to Augusta and its accompanying perils will
keep readers turning pages, while Ben's inner journey to making peace with his father packs an emotional wallop and Noni's backstory--revealed
with an effective twist--is poignant and memorable... Insightful, humorous, and deeply moving, this novel is one for a kiddo needing a miracle,
or just a really meaningful read."
- Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
A month ago, Ben Putter’s dad died, and (crazy idea or not) Ben’s certain the lump in his throat is actually a golf ball. The lump won’t go away and it turns out Dad’s not quite gone either. Still warm in his urn, Ben’s father suddenly speaks up to ask why he’s in Alabama instead of sprinkled on Augusta National Golf Club's 18th hole, the way he always wanted.
Ben might be going a little crazy, but escaping Hilltop, Alabama, sounds like a darn good idea (and just maybe it will make that lump go away). As he makes his way to Georgia, Ben partners up with a mysterious runaway named Noni, and they embark on a journey full of adventures at every turn.
Between Dad nagging to be put to rest, Noni keeping suspiciously tight-lipped about her past, security patrolling at all hours during the famed Masters tournament, and the lump in his throat staying put, creeping onto Augusta National may not be as easy as Ben originally thought. And letting go of a Dad who’s finally listening is going to be even harder.
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*A Junior Library Guild Selection
*Foreign rights sold to Germany, France, and Romania
*Audiobook is an AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
A Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
"Packed with the delicious elements—hidden passages, unexplained noises, suspicious servants—of a traditional British mystery, Lawson’s story will keep readers engagingly puzzled throughout its multilayered twists and tangles... Well thought-out and deftly executed, Lawson’s novel will appeal to a wide audience." -Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"Original, engaging, and funny.... The writing is beautiful, expertly capturing all the suspense, hope, and love in the story....
A delightful gem that will fly off the shelves."
— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
"This loving homage to classic mysteries... offers a compelling puzzle, vividly drawn characters, and a clever and capable young detective" -ALA Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
"In the grand tradition of Roald Dahl. . . . A plucky amateur detective, secret passages, exaggerated characters, concealed identities, and dastardly
villains equal a swell mystery."
— Kirkus Reviews
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Clue when six children navigate a mansion full of secrets—and maybe money—in this this humorous mystery with heart.
Tabitha Crum is a girl with a big imagination and a love for mystery novels, though her parents think her only talent is being a nuisance. She doesn't have a friend in the world, except her pet mouse, Pemberley, with whom she shares her dingy attic bedroom.
Then, on the heels of a rather devastating announcement made by her mother and father, Tabitha receives a mysterious invitation to the country estate of the wealthy but reclusive Countess of Windermere, whose mansion is rumored to be haunted. There, she finds herself among five other children, none of them sure why they've been summoned. But soon, a very big secret will be revealed— a secret that will change their lives forever and put Tabitha’s investigative skills to the test.
"A rewarding read on many levels."
— Publishers Weekly STARRED review
"All of the pieces are in place ... fitting affirmations of family, friendship, and remembrance."
—School Library Journal
"The deliciously impetuous, devilishy clever, and uncommonly brave Becky Thatcher is now one of my all-time favorite heroines,
and I'm desperate to follow her on more adventures. Captivating, exciting, and great barrels-full of fun, this is a book to adore."
– Anne Ursu, author of The Real Boy and Breadcrumbs
"Beneath the lively story is a subtext that both primes readers for reading Mark Twain and responds to the question of where writers
– Kirkus Reviews
"This fast-paced tale is the perfect introduction to Mark Twain’s classic characters...Narrator Tavia Gilbert does a phenomenal job."
- School Library Journal, STARRED audiobook review
Becky Thatcher has her side of the story to tell—and it’s a whopper—in this creative spin on Mark Twain’s beloved The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, complete with illustrations.Tom Sawyer’s and Huckleberry Finn’s adventures are legendary, but what about the story you haven’t heard?
In 1860, eleven-year-old Becky Thatcher is the new girl in town, determined to have adventures like she promised her brother Jon before he died. With her Mama frozen in grief and her Daddy busy as town judge, Becky spends much of her time on her own, getting into mischief. Before long, she joins the boys at school in a bet to steal from the Widow Douglas, and Becky convinces her new best friend, Amy Lawrence, to join her.
But the theft doesn’t go as planned, and Widow Douglas ends up being unfairly accused of grave robbing as a result. So Becky concocts a plan to clear the Widow’s name. If she pulls it off, she might just get her Mama to notice her again, as well as fulfill her promise to Jon in a most unexpected way. That is, if that tattletale Tom Sawyer will quit following her around.
Tom Sawyer. Huckleberry Finn. Becky Thatcher. Three sets of unforgettable, illustrated adventures are available in one collectible boxed set!
This collectors’ quality boxed set features brand-new hardcover editions of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as well a new addition to Mark Twain’s beloved folklore: The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson.