- Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2020
Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443187732 Paperback
312 Pages | 5.011" x 7.753" | Ages 9 to 12
Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443175920 Hardcover
312 Pages | 5.906" x 8.555" | Ages 9 to 12
Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443175937 Ebook
312 Pages | Ages 9 to 12
Keenan is bored. He is recovering from tuberculosis, acquired while overseas with his mom. Now he’s stuck sitting in a lawn chair at his dad’s place on Centerlight, Michigan, an island of about 7000 residents in the St. Clair River which is divided in two by the Canada-US border.
When Keenan meets a girl his age, ZeeBee, who lives on the Canadian side of the border, his life becomes anything but boring. ZeeBee is full of conspiracy theories. Paramount among her theories is that notorious gangster Tommy-Gun Ferguson (original owner of the house she now lives in) buried millions in treasure on the island during the Prohibition era. She’s also convinced her recently deceased dog Barney was murdered — apparently he was a notorious terror and not a favourite among the locals.
Keenan isn’t convinced by either of these theories, but soon some clues turn up that even he can’t ignore. Will the pair of them find the treasure and solve the mystery of what happened to Barney . . . or will the dog-murdering criminals find them first?
Told in Gordon’s now classic multi-voice style, his new novel combines mystery, comedy, and a story of new friendships.
Praise for Gordon Korman:
"Chapters rotate narration . . . giving varied perspectives to this humorous classroom underdog story that championsteamwork, kindness, and hidden sparks. " (The Unteachables) — Publishers Weekly
"Korman spins a narrative of redemption and belief in exceeding self-expectations. " (The Unteachables) — Kirkus Reviews
"Humorous, relatable, and full of heart, Korman's gift for understanding the middle school mind is on full display." (Supergifted) — School Library Journal
"Managing a large cast of characters with ease, Korman creates a comedy of compounded errors leading to a public disaster and, strangely enough, a happy ending." (Supergifted) — Booklist
"Readers will be able to see themselves in the well-drawn characters that populate this quirky, funny, and relatable book." (Slacker) — Quill and Quire