Signed by Zelda by Kate Feiffer

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The story winds through different times and floors, quietly, without much explanation of either the fanciful or realistic elements. The vanishing-Zelda plot resolves too quickly.
-Chicago Tribune

Synopsis

An aspiring handwriting analyst tracks down her missing neighbor in this “gratifying mystery” (Kirkus Reviews) from the author of The Problem with the Puddles.

More than anything, eleven-year-old Lucy wants to be the world’s most famous handwriting expert. “You can learn a lot about a person through how they write their I’s,” she tells her friend, Pigeon—who just so happens to be a talking bird. When Lucy’s neighbor Zelda goes missing and the only clue is a cryptic handwritten note, Lucy is determined to crack the case using her graphology skills. With some help from Nicky, who lives upstairs, and plenty of advice from Pigeon (who just so happens to be very opinionated), can Lucy decipher the whereabouts of her apartment building’s missing resident?
 

About Kate Feiffer

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Kate Feiffer is a writer, a filmmaker, and a mother. She is the author of the picture books President Pennybaker; But I Wanted a Baby Brother!; The Wild, Wild Inside; Which Puppy?; and My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life; and of the middle-grade novel The Problem with the Puddles. She lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Visit her at KateFeiffer.com.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 242 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 15 2012

In a New York City apartment building, two lonely children, a pie-baking grandmother and a talking pigeon connect in this gratifying mystery.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Apr 16 2012

With the exception of Grandma Zelda, adult characters don’t get much attention; Nicky’s father’s villainy is hard to take seriously, and the book’s parents and teachers largely come across as clueless.

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Chicago Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Mary Russell on Jun 14 2012

The story winds through different times and floors, quietly, without much explanation of either the fanciful or realistic elements. The vanishing-Zelda plot resolves too quickly.

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Flamingnet

Good
Reviewed by LitPick/Flamingnet on Jul 21 2012

Signed by Zelda is moving, interesting, and unique. I highly recommend it.

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