Grooves by Kevin Brockmeier
A Kind of Mystery

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Dwayne Ruggles is just a regular kid, living in a regular town -- or so he thinks. One day, fabulously wealthy entrepreneur Howard Thigpen comes to school, and Dwayne notices that Thigpen is surrounded by a cloud of tiny sparks that follows him wherever he goes. The strangeness doesn't stop there -- when Dwayne discovers that the ridges in his Thigpen Brand Blue Jeans and the grooves in Thigpen Brand Potato Chips are encoded with a secret message that he can hear through an old Victrola horn, he must stop Thigpen from stealing the lights in everyone's eyes. But what does that even mean?

It's a mystery, and Dwayne better figure it out fast before Howard Thigpen does too much damage. With the help of his friends Kevin Applebab and Emily Holmes, Dwayne upsets some pigs, hears voices in his fingertips, gets rid of 100 "Ghostbuster" records, and figures out a few other amazing things. Kevin Brockmeier has crafted a fast, funny novel that demonstrates the power of ingenuity and imagination.

 

About Kevin Brockmeier

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Kevin Brockmeier won an O. Henry Award in 2001 for "These Hands". He has published stories in the Georgia Review. The Carolina Quarterly, The Chicago Tribune (as a Nelson Algren award recipient) & Writing on the Edge (as an Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award Winner). He is a 1999-2000 recipient of a James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship. Kevin lives in Little Rock, Arkansas where he teaches Creative Writing.
 
Published February 28, 2006 by Katherine Tegen Books. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The author of the oddball City of Names (2002) comes up with an even loonier premise: a small-town seventh-grader discovering a cry for help embedded in his jeans.

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Filled with off-beat humor, this enjoyable adventure will keep readers turning the pages as the trio breaks into the complex and discovers just who sent the message, and what they can do to rescue the workers from their maniacal employer.

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Dwayne Ruggles's adventure begins when his favorite teacher, Mr. Fred, teaches his physical science class about how record players amplify sound.

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