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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (November 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440227607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440227601
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 3.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,439,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-9-When her father leaves the family because he is "not being fulfilled," 17-year-old Abbie Thompson feels the rejection acutely. Full of anger and frustration, she follows him and his new girlfriend and, in a fit of rage, throws a rock through the woman's window. This impulsive act lands Abbie in court, and her probation includes service with "Friend to Friend," a support group that matches teenage girls with elderly women in the community. Abbie's assignment turns out to be one Edna Merkel, a cantankerous, outspoken woman who has a penchant for solving mysteries. Abbie finds herself an unwilling accomplice as Mrs. Merkel brags that she is "on to something big." When the woman is attacked, hospitalized, and unable to speak, Abbie realizes that perhaps her elderly companion was on to something. It is now up to her, armed with the sleuth's almost indecipherable notebook, to find out who attacked Mrs. Merkel, and why. Although this novel includes a mystery, it is more a coming-of-age story. The main characters are generally well drawn and distinct, and there is a hint of a possible romance that will keep readers' attention. Nixon's fans will no doubt enjoy Abbie's story, but many will miss the taut psychological suspense found in many of her previous novels.
Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Abbie Thompson is having a rough year—her professor father has left Abbie’s mother for a younger woman, her mother is depressed, and her little brother is angry all the time. To top it all off, Abbie is being punished for one of the stupidest things she’s ever done in all of her 17 years. After following her father to his girlfriend’s house and seeing them kiss, Abbie angrily threw rocks through the girlfriend’s window, smashing the glass and getting herself arrested. The judge assigns Abbie, a conscientious and usually law-abiding girl, to a volunteer program that matches up teenagers with elderly women to keep them company, help them run errands, and generally keep an eye on the older women. Perhaps to remind Abbie that this is meant to be punishment, Abbie is assigned to a particularly cantankerous, demanding old woman, Edna Merkel, who makes Abbie’s life miserable with her demands and unpredictable moods. When Mrs. Merkel becomes involved in a group that sets out to thwart con men who target senior citizens, she puts herself and her young companion in danger. While the story is fast-paced and involving, many of the characterizations are weak and one-dimensional. Abbie is too much of a pushover, letting herself be manipulated by Mrs. Merkel to an unrealistic extent. The father is so insensitive and so uncaring about his children that it strains credulity; and Mrs. Merkel is so nasty, rude, and selfish that it’s hard to believe anyone would put up with her behavior for more than a few days. A readable story, but certainly not Nixon at her best. (Fiction. YA) -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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THis was a good book, for people who like scary, or horror books. :)
"fallenangel09"
They are all about the same thing!- A teenage girl who lives in/ near Texas, and something wrong happens.
Bob
Mrs. Merkel ends-up in a coma, and Abbie is determined to find the culprit.
T

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Joan Lowery Nixon was one of my favorite authors when I was younger. So when I saw she had come out with a new book, I picked it up. Like years ago, I started reading and couldn't stop. It is the story of Abby, who is put on probation and forced to do commnity service by staying with an old lady a few times a week. Unfortunately, she is stuck with a difficult woman who is convinced that she is a private investigator and mystery-solver. She drags Abby all over town and catches a few small-time crooks before finding a "big case" - so big that she won't tell Abby - the only one who knows is her private journal. When the old lady is attacked and in a coma, Abby must crack the case before she is attacked as well. Like always, this is a suspenseful, detailed story; another good one by Nixon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T on June 29, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed Joan Lowery Nixon's, "Nobody's There!" Not only was it another awesome thriller from Ms. Nixon, but it was also a great family story...
The storyline revolves around a girl named Abbie. Her father recently left her, her mother, and her brother for another woman. One night, while Abbie is spying on her father and his new romance, she becomes so furious when she sees her kiss him, that she begins to throw rocks at her window.
Now in trouble for malicious mischief, Abbie's judge understands (to a certain point) what Abbie is going through, and puts her on probation. For a punishment, she is put in the Friend to Friend program, which is a program in which high-schoolers visit and look-after elderly women a few times a week.
When Abbie is assigned to Mrs. Merkel (an extremely grumpy woman who is totally disagreeable), she considers quitting, but hangs in there. Mrs. Merkel is a part of a book club, which is turned into Buckler's Bloodhounds (a new program where elders try to stop other elders from being tricked by con artists).
Mrs. Merkel gets way too involved, thinking she is a real private eye, which could be dangerous...
One day, Abbie decides to skip a visit to Mrs. Merkel's, but afterwards feels guilty. So, later that night, Abbie goes to visit Mrs. Merkel only to find her laying in a pool of blood. Mrs. Merkel ends-up in a coma, and Abbie is determined to find the culprit. Could it be someone who was tired of her meddling around, and decided to put an end to it? Or is it something deeper than that? Find out in the stunning novel, "Nobody's There!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cate on October 21, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nobody's There starts off like this, Abbie gets mad at her father for leaving her and her mother and brother, and commits a crime with out thinking. The judge asigns her to a program called Friend to Friend, where she gets assigned to a crabby old lady, Mrs.Murkle. Mrs.Murkle sees herself as a private investigator. She knows the scoop on everyone.

One day Abbie goes over to Mrs.Murkle's house, to find Mrs.Murkle sprawled on her living room floor with a major head injury. Abbie vows to find who tried to kill Mrs.Murkle.

The plot isn't too original. It's kind of boring at times and the end wasn't really exciting. To me the most disappointing thing in the book was the ending. It didn't really have a climax. But, it was okay. I wouldn't read it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 15, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a really nice book for people who like mistery books. Even though the book is not really mystery It still contains the information to keep you turning the pages. This book has fascinated me to the lesson not to make crimes or peoplle might send to a place where you would have never thought you could be friends with anybody, especially if they pu you with someone in a bad tempered person like Mrs.Merkel. Another lesson there to learn is not to make some aggresive people mad so they if realesed could come and crush you down as the investigators thought that the people she cought were the ones to go after her and bruise her so she had to go to the hospital. But the person who attacked her was really smarter then the planings of Mrs.Merkel. The person who attacked, was the most hated person in mrs.Merkels life. The only part that was a mystery in the good book written by Joan Lowery Nixon is when Mrs. Merkel wa attacked and Abbie and other people tried who might have attacked mrs.Merkel. However Abbie is not alone in her family to be on her case. Her mother Mrs.Thomson is only giving a little support to any of the cases , by just giving Abbie her car. But her little brother Davy is on the case with a notebook and some Questions he is able to help Mrs.Merkel to find a person who attacked her. At first everyone thought that it was a person from their book club,which later turned into Bucklers bloodhounds. Mrs .Merkel was the one who participated the most. She cought two crooks and she says that she never got any credit for her hard job. So in conclussion I really enjoyed this book. TYhe book kept me turnin the pages of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob on May 26, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Besides "A Deadly Game of Magic" (another book by Nixon), this book is my favorite Nixon book. I had bought quite a few of her books, and began to get bored with them. They are all about the same thing!- A teenage girl who lives in/ near Texas, and something wrong happens. Don't get me wrong, some of the books have their own twists that make them stand out (like Nobody's There), but that is the general idea. This book is about a girl, Abbie, that is mad at her father and his new girlfriend, and she throws rocks at his girlfrieds' window. She gets arrested, and the judge says that if she helps a senior citizen for a year, ahe will get off easy. The problem is, that she gets assigned to Mrs. Merkel, and cranky, and fussy old lady that has already had two other girls assigned to her. Mrs. Merkel becomes a "private eye" and when she gets a big lead on a mystery, she ends up clubbed on the head, in a coma, and in the hospital. It's finally up to Abbie to catch this person(s) and she does so with the aid of a notebook that Mrs. Merkel used to write her clues in. Once again, this book is very good, and has several twists and turns in the book that makes you want to keep on reading.
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