Keenan is bored. He is recovering from tuberculosis, acquired while overseas with his mom. Now he’s stuck sitting in a lawn chair at his dad’s place on Centerlight, Michigan, an island of about 7000 residents in the St. Clair River which is divided in two by the Canada-US border.
When Keenan meets a girl his age, ZeeBee, who lives on the Canadian side of the border, his life becomes anything but boring. ZeeBee is full of conspiracy theories. Paramount among her theories is that notorious gangster Tommy-Gun Ferguson (original owner of the house she now lives in) buried millions in treasure on the island during the Prohibition era. She’ also convinced her recently deceased dog Barney was murdered — apparently he was a notorious terror and not a favourite among the locals.
Keenan isn’t convinced by either of these theories, but soon some clues turn up that even he can’t ignore. Will the pair of them find the treasure and solve the mystery of what happened to Barney . . . or will the dog-murdering criminals find them first?
Told in Gordon’s now classic multi-voice style, his new novel combines mystery, comedy, and a story of new friendships.
Praise for Notorious:
“Zarabeth’s cross-border observations wryly assert Canadian cultural identity. She and Keenan . . . alternate narration and are good company . . . vivid secondary characters commit spontaneous acts of hilarious mayhem. Chalk up another treat for Korman fans.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Korman brings his usual humor and heart to this well-plotted mystery . . . that sensitively explores themes of friendship and family and offers realistically flawed, believable characters.” — Publishers Weekly
“Korman sketches characters with swift, sure strokes and places them in a distinctive setting... this a book that Korman fans won't want to miss.” — Booklist
“The fast-moving, action-packed plot makes this a great choice for reluctant readers... A diverting read full of suspense and historical intrigue.” — School Library Journal
“Korman is reliably at the head of the pack in middle-grade quirkiness, and his fans will be well pleased with this fresh title” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for Gordon Korman:
"Chapters rotate narration . . . giving varied perspectives to this humorous classroom underdog story that championsteamwork, kindness, and hidden sparks. " (The Unteachables) — Publishers Weekly
"Korman spins a narrative of redemption and belief in exceeding self-expectations. " (The Unteachables) — Kirkus Reviews
"Humorous, relatable, and full of heart, Korman's gift for understanding the middle school mind is on full display." (Supergifted) — School Library Journal
"Managing a large cast of characters with ease, Korman creates a comedy of compounded errors leading to a public disaster and, strangely enough, a happy ending." (Supergifted) — Booklist
"Readers will be able to see themselves in the well-drawn characters that populate this quirky, funny, and relatable book." (Slacker) — Quill and Quire
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