Owl's Outstanding Donuts

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

A wild California mystery full of feathers, sprinkles, and more

Ever since Mattie Waters lost her mother, she’s been sharing a trailer with her aunt Molly, the proud owner of Owl’s Outstanding Donuts. This hoot of a donut shop serves up delicious snacks to people driving down California’s Highway One—treats like the Turkey Talon, the Banana Slug Bar, and the Strawberry Iced Classic.

Mattie loves her aunt and the shop, even if she’s still dealing with a life without her mom. But not everybody is a fan of Owl’s Outstanding Donuts.
When an owl taps on Mattie’s window one night, Mattie looks out to see suspicious activity not far from the shop. A shady duo is dumping gloop near the highway. And soon people want to blame Aunt Molly! With help from her friends, Mattie sets out to find the real gloopers. Along the way, she’ll face fears that have followed her since her mother’s passing—and get to know Alfred, a stuffy, donut-loving owl who’s also on the case.

“Readers of all ages will be cheering—and hooting!—for Mattie and her friends as they track down the culprits in this brilliant, high-stakes mystery with heart. Owl’s Outstanding Donuts is, well, simply outstanding!”—Kristen Kittscher, author of The Wig in the Window

Format Your Price
978-1-5415-3305-9
$13.49
978-1-5415-6109-0
$20.99
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Fiction
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 232
Publication Date 2019-09-03
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS JUV028000, JUV050000, JUV002040
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 760
ATOS Reading Level 5.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 503856
Accelerated Reader® Points 7.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

Awards

  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2020

Reviews

School Library Journal Online

“[H]as gentle humor, some action at the climax, and a touching examination of Mattie’s grief.”—School Library Journal

Booklist

“An exciting conclusion will satisfy young mystery fans. . . . Yardi’s love for nature shines through in this quiet but quirky story about friendship, family, and of course, donuts.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Doughn’t miss this earnest tale.”—Kirkus Reviews

Kristen Kittscher

“Readers of all ages will be cheering—and hooting!—for Mattie and her friends as they track down the culprits in this brilliant, high-stakes mystery with heart. Owl’s Outstanding Donuts is, well, simply outstanding!”—Kristen Kittscher, author of The Wig in the Window

Jacqueline K. Ogburn

“With an owl who likes strawberry iced doughnuts, an environmental crime, and a family business at stake, Robin Yardi has crafted a sweet mystery about the power of friendship and facing one’s fears.”—Jacqueline K. Ogburn, author of The Unicorn in the Barn

Author: Robin Yardi

Robin Yardi is a children's book author and a California credentialed teacher. She lives in the hills of Santa Barbara with too many pets and just the right number of children.