- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (October 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385322038
- ISBN-13: 978-0385322034
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,580,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-A thrilling search through a family's dark past. What starts out as a simple family-history project turns into an obsessive hunt for the truth behind an old family feud. Andy Bonner is determined to get to the bottom of a mystery involving an ancestor who had supposedly stolen his parents' money and been disowned. The more he learns from his Great Aunt Winnie and her nemesis, his best friend's great-grandmother, the more he needs to know. His investigation takes him from the World Wide Web to the town cemetery, to family sources who refuse to talk. As usual, Nixon's main character is an ordinary kid with extraordinary resourcefulness. When Andy learns the truth, he must decide whether to keep the secret to himself, or destroy the reputation of the town's founding father and hurt his best friend. Nixon has once again delivered a riveting tale of suspense set against a background of fascinating historical context, brought up to date through e-mail and the Internet.
Julie Halverstadt, Douglas Public Library District, Castle Rock, CO
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 4^-6. Andy finds his Texas history assignment a nuisance, but he dutifully interviews his great-aunt, his grandparents, and his friend J.J.'s great-grandmother. Intrigued by hints of disgrace and treachery a few generations back, Andy decides to restore the reputation of Coley Joe, whose name was struck out of the family Bible. The boy perseveres in spite of advice, admonitions, and anonymous threats. Not all the characters are well rounded, yet it's refreshing to find elderly characters who have faults, spunk, and (in one case) facility in cyberspace. For his detective work, Andy uses the Internet, a novel but relatively inactive plot device for a mystery story. A few elements of the supernatural are introduced, but most children will read the story for the fun of guessing who is warning Andy off the case. Carolyn Phelan
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This book was very interesting in the way that it grabbed me, I could not stop reading. An example of this is when Andy gets the projects assignment. That is just the one example out of many how detailed this book. This novel by Joan Lowery Nixon was so interesting that I started to actually research my family's history. This book was great.
The second reason I enjoyed this novel was the description in it. When he found out he had to research his history, I felt like I was talking to him. In fact, I did start to talk to him and I found my self saying, its ok it might be fun or, it's not as bad as you think. I know that might seem crazy but when I was talking to him it did not feel like I was crazy it felt like I was really talking to how and he could hear me.
The 3rd and final reason I like this book was I felt like the character. For example, at the end of the story when he got up to do his presentation, I felt like him in sense, I felt nervous like him, hopping I would do well. Another Example of this was when he received the assignment, my jaw, along with him, dropped. In my mind I was thinking, o my gosh.
So as you can see this book was very descriptive, it made you feel like you were there and very interesting. I would rate this book 5 star. I would recommend this novel to any reader on an sixth or seventh grade reading level do to the descriptive text in this novel. If you are interested in reading this book you can find it at your public library or your school library.
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This mysterious story will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see if what is around the next corner is what ends the story or makes even it more mysterious. If you read this tense mystery you will not be able to put it down. It doesn't just keep telling you what's going to happen with clues all over the story. The truth doesn't appear until the end when the story has been narrowed down to a straight line and all that needs to be done is find the proof at the end. The trouble for the main character is, the proof is at the end but it is not apparent. The mystery to be solved is that the main character, Andy Thomas, believes that his relative Cole Joseph Bonner did not steal his family's money. The problem is that he is the only one in his family that believes this. His best friend J.J. Gasper the 7th (J.J. is James Jonathan) is trying to prove Andy right but the problem is J.J.'s great grandmother, Miz Minna, doesn't like the fact that Andy is digging up old family secrets that may change their town's history. the reason that it may change the town history is because J.J. the 1st is a huge hero, and she doesn't want to loose her family honor. I would recommend this book to just about anyone who can read. I think that people would like this book because its a funny, tense, and in some ways complicated book that tells about Andy's determination to prove Coley Joe Bonner innocent.