The Wig in the Window (Hardcover)

By Kristen Kittscher

HarperCollins, 9780062110503, 368pp.

Publication Date: June 18, 2013



In this funny and clever middle grade mystery reminiscent of Rear Window and perfect for fans of the Mysterious Benedict Society series, Sophie Young and Grace Yang are best friends, seventh graders, and spies.

Sophie and Grace have made a game out of spying on their neighbors. On one of their midnight stakeouts, they witness a terrifying scene at the home of their bizarre middle-school counselor Dr. Charlotte Agford (also known as Dr. Awkward).

At least, they think they do. When the girls are proven wrong, they are still convinced that Dr. Agford is hiding a terrible secret--and they're determined to find out what it is. Soon the girls are breaking secret codes, being followed by a strange blue car, and tailing strangers with unibrows and Texas accents. But as their investigation heats up, Sophie and Grace start to crack under the pressure. Will solving the case destroy their friendship?

Praise For The Wig in the Window

A Regional Indie Bestseller
Named to 10 Best of the Year Lists

★“This fast-paced, action-packed romp has all the ingredients of a great mystery…Readers will have trouble tearing themselves away.”

—School Library Journal, starred review

“Ample red herrings keep young sleuths and readers guessing in this thrilling debut mystery. Reminiscent of the ever-compelling Rear Window, this appealing and often spine-tingling tale will leave its audience wishing for more.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Kittscher's debut novel addresses the inevitable rocky periods in middle-school friendships with perceptiveness, honesty, and well-targeted humor”

—Publishers Weekly