- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0820 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481419218
- ISBN-13: 978-1481419215
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nooks & Crannies Hardcover – June 2, 2015
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Gr 4–7—Tabitha Crum and her sidekick, a mouse named Pemberley, love a good mystery. Luckily, she has so many in her life: why don't her parents love her? What will she do when they abandon her at the local orphanage? Why has she, of all people, been invited to spend the weekend at the estate of the reclusive Countess Camilla DeMoss? It is soon revealed that Tabitha, along with five other children, might be the long-lost grandchild of the eccentric Countess, thus inheriting her large fortune. However, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems at Hollingsworth Hall. Why does the Countess always carry knives? What really happened to the Countess' dead son? Are there ghosts at the Hall? When the electricity goes out and a dead body turns up, the whole house goes into a panic. But the biggest mystery of all is: who is the true heir to the fortune? While the story certainly gets its inspiration from many places—Roald Dahl, Trenton Lee Stewart, and Scooby Doo—the way in which it is told is original, engaging, and funny. Tabitha is a smart, plucky heroine whom readers will get behind: they'll cry with her when she feels unloved, they'll be scared with her in the dark, and they'll cheer when she wins in the end. The writing is beautiful, expertly capturing all the suspense, hope, and love in the story. The conclusion is satisfying but, thankfully, with the possibility of further adventures. VERDICT A delightful gem that will fly off the shelves.—Laura Lutz, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York City
"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)
"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))
“A compelling puzzle, vividly drawn characters, and a clever and capable young detective.” (Booklist (STARRED REVIEW))
"Packed with the delicious elements—hidden passages, unexplained noises, suspicious servants—of a traditional British mystery, Lawson’s (The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher) story, set in 1907 England, 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))
"Readers will delight in the unexpected twists and turns at every junction." (Bookpage)
“[A] charming period piece.” (Shelf Awareness for Readers)
“This marvelous mystery . . . has a most satisfying ending.” (The Buffalo New)
“[A] winning mystery novel” (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
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The chance to inherit money brings out the best and the worst in the children. In Tabitha, one of the most endearing characters I’ve come across in a long time, it brings out her inner sleuth. Think Sara Crewe from A Little Princess with a touch of Agatha Christie. Something is not quite right at Hollingsworth Hall, and Tabitha’s lonely years spent in silent observation have trained her to notice what others miss.
And why is she lonely? Tabitha has the most unloving parents you can imagine. At home, they work her like Cinderella and make her sleep in the attic, and they are planning to send her to an orphanage. Her best friends are a mouse named Pemberton and a fictional detective named Percival Pensive.
One of the charming touches is the way the author opens each chapter with a quote from one of Percival Pensive’s mysteries. These are quotes Tabitha has memorized. They have always pulled her through hard times, and they don’t fail her now in the genuine mystery she finds at Hollingsworth Hall. Natalie Andrewson’s quirky black and white illustrations capture the spirit of this exciting tale. This is a book to have in the family library and read more than once.