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The Callender Papers (Fawcett Juniper) Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (January 29, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449701840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449701843
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,805,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Entertaining, interesting, and well-written".-- New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey's Song and the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, both part of the beloved Tillerman Cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle-grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.

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It was also very predictable.
katie kennedy
With a shocking ending, it is a must for all people who love surprises, and a good book!
Grace
Young readers will enjoy the suspense of the writing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
'The Callender Papers" begins like many other Cynthia Voigt books. But as you read on in the story, it gets so interesting that you can't put it down. This book is the winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, which it definitely deserves. I would would suggest that this book is for ages twelve and up. Cynthia Voigt has written many other good books such as 'Homecoming', 'A Solitary Blue', 'Dicey's Song', 'Come a Stranger', and 'Bad Girls'. If you would like to read a gripping mystery for young adults, get this book today!
For more book recommendations, e-mail me at Klaptrap3@aol.com
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Callender Papers by Cynthia Voigt is a mystery novel about a young, adopted girl, Jean. She lives with her foster mother or "aunt", Miss Constance Wainwright, in Cambridge. Miss Constance is the owner of an all girls academy there. One day Mr. Thiel, who supports and gives money to the Academy, asks Jean to work for him in Marlborough, where he lives, over the summer. If she accepts, her job will be to sort papers that belong to his wife's family, the Callenders. Jean agrees and takes a trip to Marlborough, where she meets Mrs. Bywall, Mr. Thiel's servant and Mac, the son of the local doctor. Afterwards, she makes acquaintances with Enoch Callender, Mr. Thiel's brother-in-law, whom Mr. Thiel extremely dislikes. Enoch Callender invites Jean to dinner at his house and she accepts the offer. After dinner, Mr. Callender and Jean walk over to a place she finds is quite beautiful. Enoch Callender shows her a wooden board that he and his sister, Irene, used to cross the falls.
Every Sunday after that day, she goes to the Callender's house for lunch. One Sunday, Jean gets very sick and everybody in the house including the doctor, Mac's dad, suspects that she was poisoned.
Later, Jean finds Mr. Thiel's late father-in-law's will in the Callender papers she had been sorting through. She learns that Mr. Thiel and Irene Thiel, his wife that died ten years ago and Miss Constance's friend, had a child who suddenly disappeared after she died. She also learns that her favorite spot, the waterfall, is the place where Irene Thiel died. When Jean's visit to Marlborough is almost over, Mr. Thiel forbids her to visit Enoch Callender because he thinks that she was poisoned by him. She runs away to the falls and meets Enoch Callender there. He pulls the wooden board out from its hiding place and...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Callender Papers: A Murder Mystery By:Cody Jones

The Callender Papers, by Cynthia Voight, is an exiting, suspenseful, and enjoyable murder mystery. It takes place in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Berkshire mountains during the summer of 1894. The main character is Jean Wainwright. She is 12 years old and is polite, responsible, thoughtful, smart and a little bit stubborn. She is an orphan and is being raised by her school principle, Constance Wainwright.

One day, Jean gets a letter from one of Aunt Constance's friends asking if Jean could come help sort through the Callender family papers. Jean goes to spend the summer in the Berkshires with her new employer, Daniel Thiel. She discovers a mystery surrounding his wife Irene's death ten years earlier and the disappearance of their child. With the help of a boy named Oliver (Mac) McWilliams, she sets out to solve the mystery. She also meets Mr. Thiel's neighbor Enoch Callender, who is also Irene Callender's younger brother. Mr. Callender is handsome, charming and funny, but seems to be hiding something. How did Irene die? What happened to her child? Is Mr. Thiel or Mr. Callender involved? The answers lie in the Callender papers.

I loved The Callender Papers so much and would definitely recommend it to others. The book really grabs your attention, and it is fun following Jean and Mac on their exciting adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 23, 2004
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I thought this book was very exciting. There are lots of twists and turns. I couldn't put this book down. I couldn't wait to find out what happened at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grace on November 27, 2000
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Jane lives with a friend of her dead mother. She is an orphan. Mr.Thiel, a man who donates money to the school, and Jane believes he is in love with Aunt Constance (her mother's friend), sends for a young girl to sort through the papers of his late wife's family, and requests that Jane be sent. Jane, of course, goes. As she sorts through the family papers, she learns more about their deadly past, and finds herself in more danger, the more she learns of them. With a shocking ending, it is a must for all people who love surprises, and a good book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2000
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The Callender Papers is a suspense filled book for all ages. Jean goes to help Mr.Thiel with family papers. While sorting the papers she finds out mysterious news that will endanger her life. This book will hold your attention all the way to the very end. I recommend this book to all mystery lovers.
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By Donna Rust on March 2, 2014
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The book was easy to read, interesting story, and excellent life lessons for a young person. Touched on motivation, independance, relationships, and trust.
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While the narrator of this little book is just thirteen, the story is appropriate for this age and up. Winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, the mystery begins with a young girl sorting family papers for Mr. Thiel. Even though he's a friend of her beloved Aunt Constance, she finds him a little terrifying. Instead, she finds herself drawn to another man whose warmth and friendly manner is more appealing to a young person. As the mystery unfolds, she finds herself the center of it all. To tell more about the story would give too much away. My advice is just to read this one and discover the mystery for yourself.
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