Owl's Outstanding Donuts

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

Robin Yardi, author of The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez, tells a story full of mystery, feathers, and sprinkles. After Mattie Waters loses her mother, she goes to live with her aunt, the owner of a roadside donut shop in Big Sur, California. When an owl taps on Mattie’s window one night, Mattie looks out to see something suspicious taking place nearby. With help from her friends—and from Alfred, a stuffy but good-hearted owl—she’ll set out to find the culprits, facing fears that have followed her since her mother’s death.

Format Your Price
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


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


School Library Journal Online

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


“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.