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Queen of Disguises
By (author): Melanie Jackson
9781554690374 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories British Columbia Apr 01, 2009
$9.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7.5 x 0.4 in | 160 gr 176 pages Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books 2010, Commended M.Y.R.C.A nominee 2011, Short-listed
Competing for a spot in a commercial, Dinah must become healthy while eluding a vengeful pursuer.

Amateur detective and singing sensation Dinah Galloway has enough on her plate without having to worry about being pursued by a vengeful stalker. The red-headed twelve-year-old is in the running to sing in commercials promoting beautiful British Columbia. To clinch the job, Dinah has to get fit at a wellness retreat on Salt Spring Island. Veggies? Exercise? Yech! Grudgingly, though, Dinah admits that her lifestyle could be a little healthier. Off to Salt Spring she goes, along with the two other finalists: one friendly, the other the last word in sulky. Her friends Talbot and Pantelli make their usual disruptive appearances, along with Dinah's ever-anxious mother and cool, elegant sister Madge. Hoping to shed not only pounds but her crazed pursuer, Dinah learns the true meaning of personal best—it truly is how you play the game, not whether you win or lose.

A 2018 CCBC-TD Book Week author, Melanie Jackson has written several books for young readers in the Orca Currents series, including Tick Tock Terror, Medusa's Scream and Death Drop. Every spring Melanie teaches a mystery unit at a Vancouver secondary school. When not devising diabolical mysteries, she works for corporate clients as a contract writer/editor. Melanie lives in Vancouver.

"Readers will embrace high-energy Dinah, the story's surprise revelations, and the slapsticks pranks, including a memorable fart-cushion incident that's sure to please the middle-grade audience." - Booklist

"Followers of this lively series set in British Columbia will be in for a treat as they re-connect to the liveliest 12-year-old on the west coast. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"[There are] moments of brilliance like when Dinah realizes that she wears her weight as a mask, to hide her feelings of inadequacy...There are some wonderful cliff-hanger endings on many of the chapters." - Resource Links

"Dinah's fans will enjoy this new escapade...There are many plot twists to keep readers guessing who is trying to sabotage Dinah, but her thorough detective work and help from true friends will catch the "Queen of Disguise" in action. Readers will appreciate this strong-willed, sassy heroine who has a heart of gold." - School Library Journal

"Fans of Melanie Jackson's Dinah Galloway mysteries will not be disappointed in the latest book in the series...This is a fun mystery series for girls who don't mind imperfections in their main characters." - Puget Sound Council

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