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West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher
By (author): Liam O'Donnell Illustrated by: Aurelie Grand
9781771473453 Paperback English Juvenile: Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (CAN) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories Sep 15, 2018
$11.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5.5 x 7.25 x 0.31 in | 160 gr 128 pages Black and white spot illustrations throughout Owlkids Books
One of 100 Scope Notes's 10 to Note for Fall 2015, Commended Nominated for the Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award 2017-18 2015, Commended
A new paperback format of the first title in the West Meadows Detectives chapter book series

Meet Myron: a third-grade detective who loves logic, facts and solving mysteries. He does not love new things. Unfortunately, everything is new this year: Myron has a new baby sister, his family has moved across town, and now he’s starting his first day at a new school. But when the school kitchen is burgled, leaving the morning snacks nowhere to be found, Myron gets his chance to crack the case with help from his classmates from Resource Room 15.

Myron’s unique perspective from the autism spectrum makes him a top-notch sleuth. Similarly, the other kids in his resource room demonstrate creative problem solving and unique talents that come in handy for the case. Together with his detective partner, the hyper-energetic Hajrah, and tech-savvy Danielle, known as “Glitch,” Myron gets to the bottom of the mystery — all while trying to avoid the school bully, Sarah “Smasher” McGuintley, who’s intent on sabotaging their efforts.

Black-and-white spot illustrations accompany the text in this fun and accessible page-turner for independent readers.

LIAM O’DONNELL is an award-winning author and educator who has created
over 40 graphic novels and books for reluctant readers, including the
West Meadows Detectives and the Max Finder Mystery series. Visit him
online at

AURÉLIE GRAND graduated from Capilano University in British Columbia in
2009, and since then has been living an illustrator's life like a
Jacques Demy movie: musical, colorful and dramatic. She likes to draw
goofy animals, a wide range of facial and body expressions (some that
don't even exist), and illustrate wordplays. She lives in Montreal,

For more information contact

  Praise for the West Meadows Detectives series:

"Readers will enjoy following Myron's developing, appealing voice as much as they do following clues."
— Kirkus

"The cast of characters is diverse and realistic, depicted with nuance and individuality."
— Booklist

"Perfect for a burgeoning reader."
— School Library Journal

"Suspenseful...intriguing...a superb tool to teach students to make predictions as they read."
— Canadian Review of Materia

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