The Orphan of Awkward Falls by Keith Graves

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When thirteen-year-old Josephine moves to Awkward Falls she can't help but snoop around the dilapidated mansion next door. Inevitably, she is captured by the house's strange inhabitants: an ancient automaton who serves as a butler, a cat patched together with a few odd parts, and most surprising of all, a boy named Thaddeus Hibble. Meanwhile, Fetid Stenchley the most feared patient in the Asylum for the Dangerously Insane is on the loose after making a dramatic escape, and there is only one thing on his mind...revenge. Unfortunately for Josephine and Thaddeus, he's headed their way. Can these unlikely friends stop Stenchley before it's too late? With a penchant for spooky details, surprising twists, and haunting illustrations, Keith Graves delivers a suspenseful and engaging first novel.

About Keith Graves

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Keith Graves is the author-illustrator of several books for children including Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance and Pet Boy. He lives in Texas.
Published October 21, 2011 by Chronicle Books LLC. 353 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Horror. Fiction

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With aid from a supporting cast of colorful locals, a half-rotted corpse brought back to partial life and a ravening herd of chimerical monsters created in a secret biotechnology lab, Graves crafts a quick-moving plot composed of macabre twists.

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“With no friends within a thousand miles and two long weeks to go before the sauerkraut holiday ended and school started, Josephine was certain she was doomed to face excruciating new levels of boredom.” Twelve-year-old Josephine Cravitz is curious, willful, and extremely annoyed about being ...

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City Book Review

The addition of dark illustrations make the spine-tingling even creepier.||Spooky, a touch violent, and having a cannibal on the loose might be a bit much for the publishers-intended audience of Middle Graders, but the right readers will find it gripping.

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Common Sense Media

When a murderer escapes the town's Asylum for the Dangerously Insane, it's Thaddeus he's after, and it's up to Josephine to save him.

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Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family The town of Awkward Falls is known only for two things: its tasty sauerkraut and its...

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