The Wig in the Window
By Kristen Kittscher
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780062110503, 368pp.)
Publication Date: June 1, 2013
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Sophie Young and Grace Yang: best friends, seventh graders, spies.
Equipped with walkie-talkies, binoculars, and candy, the girls sneak out for one of their midnight spy missions expecting a simple stakeout. But what starts as a silly game turns very real when they peek in on Luna Vista's notoriously bizarre middle-school counselor, Dr. Charlotte Agford (aka Dr. Awkward).
Is there more to Dr. Agford than her tacky clothes and sugary falsetto voice? Sophie and Grace are convinced something sinister lurks below the surface . . . and they just might be right. Soon they're racing to outsmart the suspicious counselor—all while cracking secret codes, dodging a mysterious blue car, and keeping tabs on strangers with unibrows and Texas twangs.
But the strain of the investigation pushes the girls further apart. Even if Sophie and Grace uncover the truth about Agford in time, will their friendship survive?
About the AuthorKristen Kittscher graduated from Brown University with a degree in comparative literature. She taught middle and high school English for several years, and is currently a writing tutor in Pasadena, CA, where she lives with her husband. You can visit her on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.kristenkittscher.com. THE WIG IN THE WINDOW is her first novel.
Praise For The Wig in the Window…“A witty, weird and wonderful book, The Wig in the Window’s trouble-making detectives kept me laughing—while the suspense had me inching towards the edge of my seat. It’s a perfect middle grade mystery!—Kirsten Miller, author of the Kiki Strike series and the New York Times bestselling Eternal Ones series
“This book is funny, realistic, and suspenseful —a pitch-perfect mystery for the tween set.”—Kate Messner, author of Capture the Flag
“Wow. It’s hard to believe that The Wig in the Window is Kristen Kittscher’s debut novel because believe me when I say this book is fantastic. Part spy-mystery (in the vein of a young Nancy Drew), part contemporary middle grade novel about friendships, change and consequences, The Wig in the Window is a smart, fun read that is as powerful as it is witty. In other words: I LOVED THIS BOOK.”—The Book Smugglers, http://thebooksmugglers.com/2013/05/book-review-the-wig-in-the-window-by-kristen-kittscher.html
“This book is funny, realistic, and suspenseful —a pitch-perfect mystery for the tween set.”
— Kate Messner, author of Capture the Flag
“A witty, weird and wonderful book, The Wig in the Window’s trouble-making detectives kept me laughing—while the suspense had me inching towards the edge of my seat. It’s a perfect middle grade mystery!
— Kirsten Miller, author of the Kiki Strike series and the New York Times bestselling Eternal Ones series
“Sophie’s first-person narration rings true and makes the growing peril feel ominously real. Ample red herrings keep young sleuths and engaged readers guessing in this thrilling debut mystery. Reminiscent of the ever-compelling film Rear Window, this appealing and often spine-tingling tale will leave its audience wishing for more.”
— Kirkus Reviews