Thirteen-year-old Eddie needs to do a community service project in preparation for his bar mitzvah. Against his better judgment, he ends up with a volunteering gig at Silver Brook Pavilion retirement home, where the residents call him “Eddie Whatever” rather than worry about remembering his last name. These old folks soon upend all Eddie’s assumptions about the boringness of the elderly. There’s a dramatic courtship unfolding, long-hidden secret identities, a rumor of a vengeful ghost, and a thief on the loose.
When suspicion falls on Eddie, he teams up with his fellow volunteer (and crush), Tessa, to solve the mysteries of Silver Brook.
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|Interest Level||Grade 5 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Category||SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Books ®|
|Number of Pages||264|
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“Ruby does a fantastic job developing characters, giving them life and voice, so that they lift off the page. The mystery is well-plotted, layered and keeps readers guessing.” —Children’s Literature
School Library Journal
“[A] winning and unexpected combination of mystery, intrigue, and social commentary, interlaced with wisecracks and school woes.”—School Library Journal
“Short chapters and snappy first-person narration give this wide appeal. . .An enjoyable intergenerational story.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Comic, creepy, calamitous, and (in the end) completely satisfying.”—Claudia Mills, author of The Lost Language and Zero Tolerance
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
“Eddie will win your heart.”—Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, author of No Crystal Stair
Once again, Lois Ruby delivers a story middle-grade readers will relish!—Doris Baker, Publisher, Filter Press, LLC
Author: Lois Ruby
Lois Ruby is a former librarian and the author of 21 books for young readers. She divides her time among family, community social action, research, writing, and visiting schools to energize young people about the ideas in books and the joys of reading. Lois lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and shares her life with her psychologist husband, Dr. Tom Ruby, as well as their three sons and daughters-in-law and seven amazing grandchildren, who are scattered around the country.
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