The Postcard by Tony Abbott

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She died today. One phone call changes Jason's summer vacation-and life!-forever.

When Jason's grandmother dies, he's sent down to her home in Florida to help his father clean out her things. At first he gripes about spending his summer miles away from his best friend, doing chores, and sweating in the Florida heat, but he soon discovers a mystery surrounding his grandmother's murky past.

An old, yellowed postcard...a creepy phone call with a raspy voice at the other end asking, "So how smart are you?" entourage of freakish funeral goers....a bizarre magazine story. All contain clues that will send him on a thrilling journey to uncover family secrets.

Award-winning author Tony Abbott weaves an intriguing and entertaining mystery of adventure, friendship and family.

About Tony Abbott

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Tony Abbott was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and lived in a small house on top of a hill. There were tons of books in every room (because both of his parents were teachers) and he would say that these books were his first introduction to the world of literature. He has been a bookseller, a publisher, and a library clerk, but it was only when he began reading bedtime stories to his daughters that the spark of writing finally turned to children's books. Since then, Tony has authored over 85 books for younger readers. He is currently a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Creative Writing MFA faculty at Lesley University. He presents writing workshops and seminars to children and adults nationwide. He lives in Trumbull, Connecticut with his wife, two daughters, and a pretty good dog. You can visit him online at
Published April 1, 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 372 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance, History. Fiction

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Thirteen-year-old Jason fears his parents are breaking up.

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After his father falls from a ladder and is hospitalized, Jason finds a series of clues on postcards that lead him to chapters of a '40s noir mystery story that may be about his grandmother and her strange and mysterious past.

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Jason joins forces with the spunky neighborhood lawn-mowing gal Dia, as they dodge the mysterious characters lurking around, explore historical buildings, gather clues and dive deeper into a family mystery almost as old as his grandmother.

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Having never met the woman, Jason only knows that she was in a wheelchair most of her life due to a mysterious accident and she suffered from “Dementia-of-the-Alzheimer’s-Type.” He soon learns that his great-grandfather was railroad tycoon Quincy Monroe, former owner of the Hotel DeSoto, which ...

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