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Thumb and the bad guys /

by Roberts, Ken; Franson, Leanne [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2009Description: 119 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9780888999160 (hardcover) :; 088899916X (hardcover) :; 9780888999177 (pbk.); 0888999178 (pbk.).Title notes: $17.95 10-2009 (db)BRA $17.95 10-2009 Subject(s): Best friends -- Juvenile fiction | Fishing villages -- Juvenile fiction | Canada -- Juvenile fiction | Archaeology -- Juvenile fiction | Detective and mystery stories | Best friends -- Fiction | Fishing villages -- Fiction | Canada -- Fiction | Roman policier | Archéologie -- Romans, nouvelles, etc. pour la jeunesse | Chapter booksA Junior Library Guild selectionSummary: In the isolated Canadian fishing village where best friends Thumb and Susan live, mystery abounds. How did an eighteenth-century cannonball wash ashore? Why does the new schoolteacher wear a wig and pancake make-up? And why, when the village's lone "bad guy" sneaks off into the woods at night, do eerie screaming noises follow?
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Inspired by a movie shown at the local gym (with the whole town in attendance), 11-year-old Leon (aka Thumb) wants to track down a bad guy. After all, he thinks, without bad guys, the Harry Potter books would just be stories about school. And he wouldn't mind being known as the Jake Danger of New Auckland. But with only 143 people in his remote British Columbia fishing village, surrounded by mountains and ocean, how could there even be any bad guys around? And where would they hide? But Thumb is determined, so he and his pal Susan conduct a stakeout. Their suspicions soon focus on bald, toothless old Kirk McKenna, who has the revolting habit of spitting on the sidewalk. Meanwhile, a new teacher, the odd Ms. Weatherby, has arrived in town wearing heavy makeup and a terrible wig. Maybe she's the "bad guy" they're seeking. Will the determined duo find their villain? Ken Roberts brings his trademark quirky characters, tight plotting, detailed portrait of small-town life, and lively humor to this fascinating story that also contains underlying messages about tolerance and the value of community.

$17.95 10-2009 (db)

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A Junior Library Guild selection

Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning MG 4.8 2

In the isolated Canadian fishing village where best friends Thumb and Susan live, mystery abounds. How did an eighteenth-century cannonball wash ashore? Why does the new schoolteacher wear a wig and pancake make-up? And why, when the village's lone "bad guy" sneaks off into the woods at night, do eerie screaming noises follow?

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Horn Book Review

(Intermediate) Fed on a diet of bad detective movies, Thumb and his friend Susan decide to try some sleuthing of their own. If you think there are meager possibilities for such in an isolated Canadian coastal village (pop. 143), think again: not only is old Kirk McKenna acting fishy (and easy to track via his copious spitting), but a new teacher has come to town, wearing thick makeup and an obvious wig. As we know from Thumb's two previous books (The Thumb in the Box, rev. 9/01; Thumb on a Diamond, rev. 5/06), he and author Roberts alike are adept at creating adventure from the slimmest of means. Characterization is again piquant, as when Thumb asks Susan how she spotted the killer in the (hilariously B-) movie they've just seen: "Susan shrugged. 'I am a woman,' she replied softly. 'Women can always tell when another woman is evil.'" From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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