Andy Shane and the Barn Sale Mystery

By Jennifer Richard Jacobson; Abby Carter (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), Paperback, 9780763648275, 50pp.)

Publication Date: August 24, 2010

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The spirit of giving takes a twisty turn as Andy schemes to give Granny Webb the best present ever—and ends up with a mystery on his hands.

It’s Andy Shane and Granny Webb’s unbirthday, and Andy has thought of just the right gift for Granny Webb: a case to hold her beloved binoculars. The only problem is that Andy has no money. But with the help of his friend Dolores Starbuckle, he comes up with the perfect plan—a barn sale! And sure enough, the determined duo sells enough stuff to afford the binoculars case—but now where are the binoculars? The endearing Andy Shane and his enterprising pal Dolores call on their best detective skills in this witty mystery story. But can they solve the case in time for the unbirthday party?

About the Author
Jennifer Richard Jacobson is a writer, teacher, educational consultant, editor, and speaker. She writes in many genres, from children s fiction to adult nonfiction. Among her books for younger readers are the Andy Shane early chapter books, illustrated by Abby Carter, the middle-grade novel Small as an Elephant, and the young adult novels Stained and The Complete History of Why I Hate Her. About Paper Things, she says, This story allowed me to think deeply about the kids I worry about: those who for one reason or another lose their foundation of support (or never quite had it), children with so much potential and yet they fall through the cracks. Jennifer Richard Jacobson lives in Cumberland, Maine.

BARBARA JOOSSE is the best-selling author of more than thirty books for children. She lives in a little stone house in Wisconsin. Visit her website at
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