Mystery in Mt. Mole by Richard W. Jennings

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Assistant Principal Jacob Farley had disappeared, but as Mt. Mole’s least-liked citizen, no one in town seemed to be in any hurry to find him or his captor. So thirteen-year-old Andrew J. Forrest takes on the investigation himself, discovering along the way many buried secrets about his hometown, its population, and most explosively, about the town’s namesake hill, Mt. Mole itself.

About Richard W. Jennings

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Richard W. Jennings has published more than fifty essays, articles, and short stories, including The Tragic Tale of the Dog Who Killed Himself, published by Bantam Books in 1980 to widespread critical acclaim, in addition to his recent titles published with Houghton Mifflin -- Orwell's Luck, The Great Whale of Kansas, My Life of Crime, and Scribble. He is cofounder of a popular Kansas City-area bookstore and former editor of KANSAS CITY MAGAZINE. He has five children, four grandchildren, a dog, a cat, and a parrot and lives in Kansas.
Published September 29, 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 160 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mole itself becomes a character, with its grid layout, which labels its streets alphabetically after native animals (resulting in Flea, Jackalope, Opossum, and Toad Streets), and its curious propensity for geological and meteorological oddities.

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As in the comic books Andy loves, the author creates "improbable plots, exaggerated situations, unlikely coincidences, and an ensemble of wisecracking characters" as Andy starts unraveling the mystery, from making a list of suspects to making note of some unusual occurrences (the mountain itself ...

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